Dr. Denis Barigye, a Christian at Uganda Martyrs Church blamed the church leadership for failure to implement the Corona Virus preventive measures suggested by the Ministry, which exposes their flock to danger.
Despite the threat of the Corona virus, several
churches in Mbarara are yet to embrace the preventive measures proposed by the
Health Ministry and Inter-Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU.
Government through the Health Ministry has
repeatedly advised public places to provide hand washing facilities with soap,
sanitisers, avoid shaking hands and hugging among other measures to prevent the
spread of the virus.
Recently, IRCU issued similar guidelines pleading with the
clergy to implement them to protect their flock from infection. On Sunday, our
reporter visited some churches in Mbarara but neither found hand washing
facilities nor sanitisers.
Stanley Katembeya, a concerned Christian at All Saints’
Church told our reporter that it seemed management isn’t bothered or ignorant
about the preventive measures. He however, pleaded with the administration to
put implement the measures, saying it is a serious matter.
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Dan Bindeba, another Christian said the state of affairs at
the church was worrying since none of the church goers washed their hands yet
he saw many shaking hands in church.
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Jessica Katambara also a Christian at All Saints’ Church,
said management hadn’t bothered to implement the corona virus preventive
measures, yet it is capable of providing hand washing facilities.
She says Christians
take church as a very serious institution and people use it as an example to
manage their homes.
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Dr. Denis Barigye, a Christian at Uganda Martyrs Church
blamed the church leadership for failure to implement the Corona Virus preventive measures suggested
by the Ministry, which exposes their flock to danger.
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Rev. Emmanuel Munyaneeza, the senior Curate at
All Saints church Mbarara, said they focused on sensitizing Christians against shaking
hands as one of the major preventive measures.
He also claimed that they
provided sanitisers but Christians seemed not to have used them.
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Corona virus also known as COVID 19, which was
first reported in China on December 31.2019, spreads through contact with an
The virus has so far spread to over 100 countries globally and
infected more than 120,000. It has also claimed 4000 lives prompting the, World
Health Organization to declare it a global pandemic.