At Kalerwe, Nakasero and St. Balikuddembe markets, gazetted handwashing points have been installed at all main entrances. Some of the points were installed by leaders, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA and non-government organizations.
in Kampala City are enforcing Covid-19 Standard operating procedures-SOPs.
Many vendors argue that if they fail to observe the SOPs which include social
distancing, washing hands and wearing masks, the markets will be closed and
affect their income.
Last week President Yoweri Museveni announced a 42-day lockdown. However, markets
selling food items were allowed to continue operating on the condition that
they maintain the SOPs.
At Kalerwe, Nakasero and St. Balikuddembe markets, gazetted handwashing points have
been installed at all main entrances. Some of the points were installed
by leaders, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA and non-government organizations.
The vendors have also constituted COVID 19 task force whose mandate is to
enforce COVID 19 guidelines in the markets. Members of the task force inspect
the markets regularly to ensure that vendors and customers adhere to the
Haruna Ntambazi, the coordinator of the COVID 19 task force in Nakasero market
says that Makerere School of Public Health, Red Cross and KCCA has trained
members of the task force on how to wash hands, identifying and managing a
COVID 19 suspect.
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says they have also expanded the market to enable vendors to observe social
have also responded to a call by President Yoweri Museveni, to sleep in the
markets to reduce contact with family members, as a measure to control the
spread of COVID-19.
Sula Sewakiryanga, the secretary of Muluya market at Kalerwe says a number of
their vendors are spending nights in the markets. He also says the leadership has
scaled up efforts to enforce COVID 19 SOPs.
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Balikuddembe market, the chairperson Susan Kushaba says that more than 200
vendors sleep in the market. She, however, says that they are yet
to receive mosquito nets from KCCA.
Kushaba says that they are faced with a challenge of street vendors outside the
market who interact freely with customers without adhering to the SOPs. She says
that they have asked vendors to occupy the stalls inside the market, but many
are yet to comply.
KCCA to evict the vendors off the streets.