In a press statement issued Thursday, KCCA says it has set up Division Rapid Response Surveillance Teams comprising Doctors, Clinicians, Lab Technicians and Surveillance Officers.
URN observed few passengers using the public transport system in Kampala City.
Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has set up
a team of experts to respond to community alerts and carry out patient
assessments for coronavirus infection. In a press statement issued
Thursday, KCCA says it has set up Division Rapid Response Surveillance
Teams comprising Doctors, Clinicians, Lab Technicians and Surveillance Officers.
The teams will operate in the five divisions of
Kawempe, Lubaga, Makindye, Central and Nakawa. According to the statement, the
officers will make assessments in relation to coronavirus cases and respond to
calls from communities on suspected cases.
KCCA also says it has engaged Village Health
Teams (VHTs) and prepared them to identify suspects and provide health
education in communities. Through Ministry of Health, KCCA has deployed
film vans across the 5 City Divisions to sensitize the communities on the Dos
and Don’ts on Corona Virus.
KCCA has also dedicated 90% of its Call Center
services to Covid19- related emergencies and boosted its ambulance system. The statement also shows that the authority has
installed hand washing facilities several public places. “KCCA installed hand
washing and hygiene facilities in many public places like parks, markets,
public buildings, arcades.
KCCA is coordinating with partners for supplies such
as no touch infrared thermos cans or thermometers to help in the screening
process especially in public places,” reads the statement. According to the release, only gazetted city
markets are allowed to operate having been issued with standard operation
procedures developed by Ministry of Health.
“Our law enforcement officers are
enforcing compliance with the guidelines on religious gatherings which
prohibits prayers in churches, mosque, open air prayers and services on
Fridays, Saturday and Sundays,” reads the release.
According to KCCA, they are also working with market
management teams to promote online shopping.
It warns traders who hike
prices of goods and services, saying they will have their license revoked as
per the directive of the President. Peter Kaujju, the Spokesperson KCCA, says they
are already to enforce the president’s directives effectively immediately.
These includes among others ban on all public transport including taxis, Boda
boda, Tuk tuks, and buses among others.
The president also banned sale of non-food items like
clothing, shoes, phones and other luxuries. Uganda has 14 confirmed COVID-19
cases including an 8-months- old baby.