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Landing Site Closed for Failure to Implement COVID-19 Guidelines

The sub-county Chairperson Hudson Kiyaga says that the landing site was overly congested making it hard for them to maintain social distancing recommendations. According to the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation, individuals are supposed to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from any person who is coughing or sneezing.
Kizaalabuganda linding site at Katosi Sub County Mukono District.

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Katosi sub-county authorities in Mukono district have closed down a landing site popularly known as Kizaalabuganda for failing to implement the Ministry of Health guidelines against the new Coronavirus Disease.  

The Sub County Chairperson Hudson Kiyaga says that the landing site was overly congested making it hard for them to maintain social distancing recommendations.  According to the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation, individuals are supposed to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from any person who is coughing or sneezing. 

The recommendation is based on the fact that when someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. Anyone too close to them can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease. 

But Kiyaga says that with the congestion at the site, it was very difficult to practice social distancing. He adds that despite setting up a handwashing facility at the entry point of the landing site, very few people embraced the practice.  

“After discussing with the healthy inspector, we could not wait for this landing site to be the bleeding place of the deadly COVID-19 to our Sub County. We opted to close it immediately,” Kiyaga says.  

Fred Gonja, the secretary of Katosi Landing Site, the biggest landing site in the Sub County says that maintaining proper hygiene has always been a tug of war at Kizaalabuganda landing site. He added that COVID-19 presented a more complex situation for them.   

//Cue in; “Awantu awo wakunganira…

Cue out…amukuba ku mukono”//  

Although many of these workers accepted to halt activities in the area, they are worried that their survival will be interrupted. Annet Asiimwe, a single mother of four, fears that this could be the beginning of lifelong suffering. 

//Cue in “Abakazi tubadde tukola… 

Cue out…etuyambye etya”//    

Yahaya Kizito, another resident appeals to the government to provide relief food to the affected families.