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Health Ministry Relaxes Quarantine Measures at Entebbe Central Inn

The ministry of health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona says they have negotiated a deal with the hotel owners to ensure that all the people quarantined feel at home
21 Mar 2020 15:51
The stranded travelers at the Entebbe Central Inn meeting health ministry officials

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The ministry of health has relaxed the quarantine requirements that had been put in place at Entebbe central Inn against travelers entering the country from COVID 19 hot spot countries.

The compromise between the ministry of health officials and the travelers came following a series of meetings that took place on Friday.

The Ministry of Health Spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona says they have negotiated a deal with the hotel owners to ensure that all the people quarantined feel at home.

“We heard their outcries but we are not just seated. We are also trying to forge a way forward. Several meeting were convened and later the hotel owners decided to reduce on the cost of accommodation from 100 dollars to 55 dollars a day including all meals,” Ainebyoona said.

He also says that the health ministry has asked foreign nationals who are not comfortable with the current quarantine situation to leave and return to their respective countries.

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About 45 people including foreigners and nationals have for the last two days been protesting the amount of money they are supposed to the hotel.

This follows the health ministry's decision to put a mandatory quarantine for all arrivals coming from 16 countries that are categorized as high risk due to the high numbers of COVID- 19 cases.

After the meeting, the ministry banned all sorts of interaction and has ordered all travellers to remain closed in their rooms. It has also deployed security officers to make sure that the guidelines are adhered to.

Dr Jimmy Spire Ssentongo, a columnist and cartoonist at the Observer newspaper who is also among those quarantined at the hotel notes that there is still much to by the Ministry of Health.

“There are no solutions really as of yet. They refused to pay for us and as a result, some people slept at the lobby. No health officer has stepped here despite all promises and none of us has been checked to establish whether we developing signs of the disease. They are only monitoring the gate,” Dr Ssentongo said. 

 

Globally, 269,000 cases of COVID 19 have been confirmed. In Africa, the number of infected persons stands at over 600. While Uganda ha has not confirmed any cases, other countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania within the East African bloc have 30 confirmed cases as of today.

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