The Permanent Secretary of Uganda’s Ministry of Health, Diana Atwine, has disclosed that those living in the country’s institutional quarantine have started having sex with each other.
This, according to the ministry will stagnate development since social distancing is one measure that can curb the spread of the disease; especially among this already-risky group.
The secretary’s main worry was that this will thwart efforts made to curb the spread of the disease; because these people leave their rooms to have sex with other people who they only met in quarantine centres.
She disclosed this on Uganda’s Radio One.
“Ugandans are not serious. Some who are in quarantine have even began having (sexual) affairs. They move to rooms of others in the hotels where we have placed them. Others in Mulago move from their rooms to visit their colleagues who are in other rooms, this is too dangerous and it will distract our efforts,” she added.
This, she explained, was a major reason why some people in quarantine have not been released even though they were to be there for 14 days.
She added that they have deployed security officers to the quarantine centres to stop or limit movements.
The Ministry of Health gazetted 17 places to be used as isolation centres for those undergoing mandatory quarantine.
This was in a bid to stop the escalating coronavirus cases.
These places are located around Kampala city and Entebbe Municipality; and were identified after an assessment to guarantee everyone’s safety regardless of their social status.
Currently, over 232 people are under quarantine.
So far, the country has recorded 54 cases with 7 recoveries.