Uganda’s members in the East African Legislative Assembly [EALA] who have been on a fact finding mission at the different border entries, said in some places like Busia, the queue goes for as long as 30 kilometers into Kenya. George Odongo, the chairperson of Uganda’s chapter said it’s important to urgently handle the situation at the border before it spirals out of control.
According to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the cancellation of music, art, drama and cultural events, has considerably weakened the professional, social and economic status of artists, artistes, performers, creatives and cultural professionals. The ministry puts the number of those affected to 700 after the cancellation of over 300 cultural events.
The Sub County leaders are accusing the district COVID-19 Taskforce of deliberately side-lining them in the implementation exercises of the response action yet they were initially consulted in developing the action plans.
According to reports from DRC, 41 cases of COVID-19 have been detected while five people have died in Ndolo prison in Kinshasa, where 124 Ugandans including Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Sam Mugumya are being held.
Speaking on Thursday at the Uganda Media Centre during the daily security briefing, Brig. Richard Karemire, the UPDF spokesperson called upon all those who have been allowed to resume operations to prepare to have the right masks in order not to be inconvenienced by security personnel at roadblocks.
Assistant Inspector General of Police –AIGP Dr Moses Byaruhanga, also director police medical services, confirmed to Uganda Radio Network –URN that indeed the complaints are being received and a probe is underway.
Dr Godfrey Bwire, who heads the Diarrheal Diseases Division at the Ministry, attributed the suspension to the disruptions caused by the ongoing lockdown that was instituted to curb the further spread of Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19.
Dr Angella Namala, the hospital Deputy Director notes that their causality ward has had a huge reduction in road traffic accident victims and has now been replaced with those nursing gunshot and stab injuries. She said the victims have very deep injuries and are usually dropped at the hospital by the police.
The staffs are concerned that while the COVID-19 pandemic is claiming lives in different parts of the world, Soroti Hospital isn’t providing enough protection to health workers to enable them to execute their duties. URN has learnt that the facility has been receiving only 20 pieces of masks every week against the total number of 34 staff on duty each day.