Dr. Richard Mugahi, the National Coordinator for Quarantine Centers in the Health Ministry, says the five returnees including a child were exempted from institutional quarantine because of terminal illness.
K Hotels is among the quarantine centres in Entebbe Municipality
Five of the 187 Ugandans who returned from
India are under self-isolation in their homes. Dr. Richard Mugahi, the National
Coordinator for Quarantine Centers in the Health Ministry, says the five
returnees including a child were exempted from institutional quarantine because
of terminal illness.
“We don’t want them to suffer from psychological torture in
institutional quarantine. Some got more depressed after getting stuck in
India for over two months. So we took them home,” he said. He
explained that they have deployed security and health officers in the homes of
the returnees to ensure they observe self-quarantine.
The remaining returnees have been isolated in
the 22 quarantine centers in Kampala and Entebbe designated by the Health
Ministry. Most of the returnees from
India including eleven children and 63 females had traveled for treatment but couldn’t
return because of the nationwide lock down.
The returnees are expected to spend a minimum
of 14 days under quarantine. In mid-March, the Health Ministry resolved to
place all Covid19 suspects and their contacts under institutional quarantine
after some of people violated the self-isolation guidelines.
Some of the suspects would leave home or entertain
guests despite being expected to stay away for 14 days to combat the spread of
COVID-19. Another group of Ugandans are expected to arrive in the
country from India this Saturday.
An additional 434 Ugandans are
expected to arrive today and Friday from South Africa, United Arab Emirates and
United Kingdom. The Acholi Paramount Chief Rwot, David One Acana is among
the Ugandans returning from the UK this evening.
This is an
addition to another batch of Uganda who arrived in the country from Afghanistan, Turkey, Belgium, The Netherlands and
Sudan. 11 Ugandans from Afghanistan tested positive for Covid-19.
All returnees are tested for COVID-19 on
arrival at the airport and after spending the mandatory 14 days in quarantine. The
Foreign Affairs Ministry says 2,400 Ugandans got stuck in 66 countries across
They are expected to return in the country in groups of 300 every
two weeks for better management of suspects and confirmed cases.