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Nyakabande transit camp struggling to isolate positive Covid-19 cases

Refugees need much more support in these times of COVID-19.

Kisoro, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Nyakabande refugee transit center in Kisoro district is struggling to isolate the number of Congolese refugees testing positive for COVID-19 due to space constraints. The transit center is currently home to 10,400 Congolese refugees.

More than 100 refugees are registered at the center each day. On arrival, the refugees are subjected to COVID-19 testing. Those found to be positive are isolated at the camp.

Hajji Shafique Ssekandi Ssengoba, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, says 116 Congolese refugees were in isolation at the transit center after testing positive for COVID-19 by Sunday evening.

He said that they are finding it a huge challenge to handle the positive cases due to space constraints.

According to Ssekandi, the available space at the transit center accommodates only 100 patients, adding that they are worried because of the high number of refugees registered each day.

Philippe Creppy, the Assistant Representative for United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) operations, says that the only solution to the space challenge is more funding from humanitarian agencies.



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