Three suspected cases of Coronavirus disease COVID-19 have isolated in Maracha Disease.

The case includes; two people who recently returned from Kenya, and have recently returned to Kijomoro Sub County in Maracha district, in the West Nile part of Uganda. The third suspected case is a resident of Oluffe Sub County.

Maracha District health officer Dr. Paul Onzubo says samples from the suspects have been sent to the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe for expert analysis. They are currently under quarantine at Maracha hospital and Kijomoro Health Centre.

Following the detection of the three suspected cases, the district security team has closed all border markets with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Maracha District Chairperson Lawrence Adiga Ozubia says that the markets posed a great risk for the community since its often flocked by many Congolese nationals without screening.

West Nile region continues to face more threats of the Coronavirus spread through DR Congo where a porous exists.

Maracha Resident District Commissioner Esther Cherop Sowed says that teams of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces soldiers have already been ordered to deploy along the borderline to prevent in and outbound movement from Uganda to Congo and to minimize the possibility of spreading the Coronavirus disease.

Meanwhile, Dr. Alfred Taban, the Medical Director of Maracha Hospital said lack of emergency response teams and inadequate knowledge on Coronavirus and preventive measures still remains a big challenge in the district.

The measures that have been popularized by the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health include hand washing, coughing etiquette, physical distance, staying home and not touching the face.

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