Drivers at Kitgum Main Bus Park in Kitgum Municipality have taken
a step ahead towards implementing preventive measures against spread of Corona
Virus disease by procuring hand-washing gears for passengers.
The drivers under their umbrella body, Kitgum Taxi owners and Drivers Association
Ltd [Kitoda] on Thursday revealed that the move is aimed at curbing the possible
spread of the disease since the bus terminal attracts travellers from various
According to statistics from KITODA offices, around 400-500 people
from various destinations arrive and exit the bus terminal for various
David Opiyo, the KITODA Chairperson told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that
they have raised a total of shillings 300,000 purchasing 10 watertanks
for hand washing within the main bus park.
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He says the facility will be installed at the main entrance and exit and all
taxi stages and will be used by passengers, drivers and loaders.
Opiyo says they have also resolved to restrict entry and exit of passengers,
traders and all those who operate at the terminal through only two points to
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He, however, appealed to the newly unveiled district task force committee to
consider conducting sensitization at the bus terminal to equip taxi operators
with knowledge on Corona Virus Disease.
When Uganda Radio Network visited the bus park this morning, very few taxi
operators and transport companies had started implementing preventive measures by
offering handwashing facilities for their passengers and casual workers.
Nabatanzi Jovia, the Assistant Manager for Roblyn Bus in Kitgum says the bus
company is already adhering to the government’s directives of ensuring all passengers
wash their hands before boarding their buses.
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Alanyo Aidha, a senior booking clerk working with Roblyn Bus Company says they
are implementing the president’s directive to help prevent any possible spread
of the disease.
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Musa Oryem, a taxi Driver plying Kitgum-Lira-Gulu route notes that there is an
urgent need by the government through the Ministry of health to provide hand washing
facilities in Bus Parks and also conduct training among drivers.
He says bus terminals host several people from different destinations and notes
that it’s important those in charge are equipped with knowledge about the
disease to ease prevention.
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Kitgum District yesterday unveiled a task force committee that will be tasked with
creating awareness, coordinating and monitoring preventive measures and
strengthening the district’s preparedness to combat Corona Virus disease.