The COVID-19 task force in Kikuube District has banned the provision of meals at all burials. This, the task force says, will limit physical interaction among mourners, as one of the measures to stop the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Kikuube Resident District Commissioner-RDC Amlan Tumusiime, on Friday, said that the presidential directive that only 20 people should attend burials is being abused due to the availability of food and drinks that attract people.
He explains that to prevent people from gathering in big numbers at burials, they have resolved that once a person dies, burial arrangements must be done within two hours without any food being prepared.
Tumusiime has further warned proprietors of drug shops and clinics in the district against admitting patients with COVID-19 like symptoms at their facilities.
Peter Banura, the Kikuube District Chairperson says the new move of suspending meals at burials will help push away people who flock to burial ceremonies in big numbers, with the sole aim of getting a share of the meals privided.
Kikuube district has cumulatively recorded 316 COVID-19 cases since March 2020.
The district has registered 11 deaths only in the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic, a trend that is worrying health officials in the area.
Currently, 22 patients are in the COVID-19 Treatment Unit-CTU at Kasonga Health Center III while many others are being treated from their homes under COVID-19 home-based care management.