There was drama during
the Health Committee meeting in parliament this morning when the Chairperson, Michael
Bukenya asked all those without masks to exit the room.
The Committee was
hosting Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and a team of officials from Uganda
Blood Transfusion Services-UBTS to discuss strategies of improving blood collection
during the lockdown.
However, most of the
people including journalists, Members of parliament and officials from the
Health Ministry and Uganda Blood Transfusion
Services had entered the committee room without masks while others had kept
them in their pockets and bags.
This prompted the
Committee Chairperson, Bukenya to ask those without masks and those wearing
them wrongly to vacate the room.
The Health Minister, Ruth Aceng also reminded
the chair that he was also wearing his mask wrongly.
//Cue in: “I think
Cue out:…putting on mine”//
Several people stepped
out of the room to pick their masks while others picked them from their bags
However, even after the chairperson’s directive MPs, journalists
and blood bank officials continued wearing their masks wrongly while others
kept them on their chins.
Dorothy Kyeyune, the
Director UBTS who was seated next to Aceng wore her mask only covering the
Four other MPs kept their masks on the chin, while the committee chair
didn't rectify the way the way he had put on his mask.
barely a week after Health Minister; Aceng came under fire when she appeared on
social media meeting Village Health Team members in Aromo Sub County in Lira
district without a mask.
Aceng later told
journalists that she was teaching residents how to use masks and other standard
She has since been summoned together with two other
ministers to appear before parliament for flouting Covid19 standard operating