Kampala, Uganda — Four members of staff of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) were on Friday afternoon evacuated from the Authority headquarters after they developed symptoms of Coronavirus.
‘’We were invaded here at my office by the ministry of health officials saying they were seeking for covid-19 suspected patients here’’ said Erias Lukwago, Lord Mayor of Kampala.
Lukwago says they eventually took the suspects and promised to give them the report about the suspects very soon after getting the results from blood sample test results.
‘’so were are waiting for their report to know whether it’s true that the authority has been invaded by the pandemic’’, he added.
The four KCCA staff were picked by the COVID-19 Rapid Response team and taken to a hospital for testing.
It is alleged that one of the affected staff is the secretary to KCCA executive director Eng.Andrew Kitaka. This has raised eyebrows for the KCCA boss he is poised to go for isolation.
They raised suspicion after they were discovered to have high temperatures, flu and cough. One of them was also complaining about lack of appetite.
The Authority’s spokesperson, Mr Peter Kauju said in a statement that the four had been taken to hospital for testing. Details about what kind of work the four have been doing at the Authority have not been revealed.
“Earlier this afternoon at City Hall which is the headquarters of Kampala Capital City Authority, there was panic as some suspected cases of Covid-19 were reported. The emergency Response Team responded immediately and evacuated the suspected individuals for further management,” Mr Kauju said.
KCCA declined to release more information about which departments the four people serve in and whether they have any contact with the hundreds of people that visit the city offices on a daily basis.
This comes just hours after prime minister Rugunda went into isolation after some of the people he was in contact with tested positive for Covid-19.
“Friends, I have gone into self-isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for COVID19. My own test result is negative, however, I have taken this decision as a health recommended measure,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Friday, just minutes after the Ministry of Health said 35 more people had tested positive for the virus, pushing the country’s tally of confirmed cases to 557.
According to the health ministry, more than 1,000 people are under institutional quarantine at different centers in the country.urn