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Bunyoro Residents Want Operations of Wanseko-Panyimur Ferry Suspended :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Bunyoro Residents Want Operations of Wanseko-Panyimur Ferry Suspended

The ferry that is still operational is being looked at as a threat to people in the Bunyoro sub-region since it carries both Ugandan and foreign nationals into the region.
Some of the Passengers disembarking from Wanseko-Panyimur Ferry in Buliisa District.

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Residents in Bunyoro sub-region are demanding for immediate suspension of the Wanseko-Panyimur Ferry operations on Lake Albert waters over Coronavirus. 

The ferry that is still operational is being looked at as a threat to people in the Bunyoro sub-region since it carries both Ugandan and foreign nationals into the region.    

URN visited Wanseko landing site in Buliisa district on Monday and found it carrying hundreds of people from Panyimur in Pakwach district to Wanseko in Buliisa district.  

The Albert Nile ferry plies the 12-nautical-mile route from Panyimur in Pakwach District to Wanseko in Buliisa District twice a day.   The ferry is also the major link for regional towns like Hoima, Kigorobya, Masindi, Biiso, Buliisa, Kikuube and Wanseko in Bunyoro in the Albertine, and Panyimur, Dei, Pakwach, Nebbi, Paidha and Arua in West Nile.   

Users of the ferry also come from far-flung places in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan where cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.

Now residents in the region are demanding the immediate suspension of the ferry operations as a means of preventing the spread of coronavirus in the region.

Joseph Ndiba, a resident of Wanseko in Buliisa district says that there are no major health efforts in place to monitor the movements of people in the ferry yet it carries over 300 passengers.

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Cue out…at least Balindeho nabo.”//  

Charles Kertho, a resident of Biiso in Buliisa district wonders why the government has left the ferry operational.  He says even while transporting the passengers there are no appropriate health guidelines put in place to protect the passengers. 

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Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer-DHO says the huge number of people entering the district through the Ferry is frustrating their efforts since they cannot be screened at ago given the limited staff they have. He demands more manpower from the Health ministry. 

Buliisa, Hoima, Kagadi and Kikuube districts are at the porous border points with the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo which has already confirmed cases of Coronavirus. More than 14,500 people have died from COVID-19 across the World. Uganda registered its first case of coronavirus on Saturday.     



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