Kawempe Police Station yesterday underwent a disinfection process following the news of a 15-year-old defilement suspect in custody who tested positive for COVID 19 on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has also started tracing for contacts to the teenage boy as samples from Police staff, other suspects in custody, and the teenager have all been taken for testing.
Kampala metropolitan police mouthpiece says the boy who had no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus is currently hospitalized at the Entebbe Grade B Hospital for treatment.
Onyango says that the Kawempe police post remains closed to the public while the process of disinfection goes on.
“At the moment, we are not registering new cases at the station but attending to emergencies only”.Onyango said
The teenage suspect a resident of Bwaise village was arrested for reportedly defiling a three-year-old girl.
He was later presented before the Nabweru Magistrate’s court where he was sent to a juvenile remand home at Naguru.
Kampala metropolitan police mouthpiece says the officials at the remand home demanded COVID 19 negative certificate before he could be admitted which compelled police to carry out a test that returned positive.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 201 new Coronavirus cases in Uganda.
Uganda’s tally for confirmed COVID -19 cases now stands at 4,101 after the Ministry of Health confirmed 201 new cases on Wednesday.
IGP Ochola Closes Kawempe Police Station
The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has ordered for the temporary closure of Kawempe Police Station after one of the juvenile suspects tested positive of deadly Corona Virus.
Yesterday a 15-year-old Juvenile who is facing charges of rape tested positive of covid19 and was later rushed to Entebbe grade B hospital where he is receiving treatment.
Shortly after the news was circulated, IGP Ochola ordered for the immediate closure of the police station.
Patrick Onyango the Police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan areas said that the station is closed temporarily to avoid more cases.
“Kawempe Police Station is currently out of use for public so any body who wants to report the case can use the nearby police post,” says Onyango. He added that the station can only respond to emergency like fire, terrorism among others.
Onyango further says that all police officers at the station will be tested and those who will be found with the Virus will be taken for quarantine. He further says that all staff that stay in police barracks will not be allowed to move out until their results are out.
He added that the Ministry of Health will disinfect the whole station to make sure it is free from the virus.