Boda boda Riders in Mbarara town want Corona
Virus preventive guidelines translated in local languages if they are to be effective.
Government through the Health Ministry has released a couple
of preventive guideline in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 infection.
guidelines have since been circulating through social media platforms mostly Whatsapp
and other media.
Apparently, the guidelines in
English language, which has drawn concern from the Boda boda leadership in
Ouokunda Sergious Salongo, the Chairperson Boda Boda Mbarara
Municipality says government usually forgets the illiterate people whenever it
issues key messages.
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Ouokunda asks his fellow riders to buy disinfectants and
carry them around for use. He also asks them to stop carrying more than one
person on their bikes to avoid close contact.
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Didas Kamugisha, a Boda Boda Rider in Biharwe
says that apart from circulating the corona virus preventive guidelines
government should come up and start conduct physical sensitisation among riders
on how the virus spreads and how to avoid it.
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Stephen Tumwine, a Boda boda Rider in Nyakayojo says
government should take the responsibility of providing them with disinfectants that
they can share with their passengers.
Ronald Owinama, a security guard in Mbarara says it was a
friend who told him that the corona virus guidelines had been sent on his phone
but he couldn’t understand them.
“Yes I can speak English but I cannot read it very well. It
was even my friend who explained to me, so if government can put them in
Rufumbira, which I can read and understand very well it, would be very nice for
me,” he said.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Health Ministry Spokesperson told
URN that the ministry is currently translating the Corona virus preventive
guidelines into vernacular, adding that they be availed to the public very
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The latest message released by the World Health Organisation
on COVID-19 asks countries not only to prevent the spread of Corona Virus
through a comprehensive approach alone, not testing alone, not contact tracing
alone, not quarantine alone, not social distancing alone, but to do it all.