Under the circumstances, a cross-section of leaders have called for a total lockdown to save Uganda from the devastating effects of the virus which is spreading around the world. So far, President Yoweri Museveni banned gatherings in schools, churches and political functions, among others, besides closing all Ugandan borders.
A section of Members of Parliament say a total lockdown will
cause Ugandans more trouble than good in the wake of the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health last night confirmed eight more cases of
coronavirus disease-COVID-19, bringing the total number of patients in the country to nine. But
a number of people who jetted into the country aboard the Ethiopian
Airlines flight in which the first case travelled from Dubai, were
reportedly not quarantined, which presents a danger to communities where
they went, upon arrival.
the circumstances, a cross-section of leaders have called for a total lockdown to save Uganda from the devastating effects of the virus which is spreading around the world. So far, President Yoweri Museveni banned gatherings in schools, churches
and political functions, among others, besides closing all Ugandan borders.
A total lockdown would involve emergency procedure preventing people from leaving a given area and not
engaging in certain activities. It implies that only essential activities like health services, purchase of food and vital groceries, banks
among others, would be allowed, while the rest considered non-essential remain shut.
In the UK for instance, Prime
Minister Boris Johnson announced a lockdown, where people are allowed to shop
for necessities as infrequently as possible, seek or offer medical care, and travel
to and from work when one cannot work from home among others.
But Bugabula South MP Maurice Kibalya says that Uganda
should not go to complete lockdown. He says that
with the closure of the borders and the several steps that the government has taken to control the spread of Coronavirus, there is no need to close the institutions.
says Ugandans will face the biggest problem if a lockdown of offices
and public transport is implemented and suggests that instead, public
taxis should be advised to carry six, instead of 14 people, until the
virus is contained.
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Woman MP Suzan Amero says that closing down
will impact both on the government and the people. According to Amero,
public transport should be stopped, but institutions like Parliament should not close because they are needed to guide the other sectors in times of crisis.
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Bwamba County MP Richard Gafabusa says that the major worry should be the economy crumbling, even after the
virus is gone but advises that business should continue with caution as Ugandans continue enforcing guidelines issued by both the World Health Organisation.
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Other MP's, however, want a lockdown, saying the virus does not
Jie county MP Moses Bildard Adome says that the lockdown should be
implemented, shutting down all activities of the country in order to
He says the cost of the virus cannot be compared to any loss
Uganda can suffer economically if the virus is
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Woboya, the Budadiri East MP says that ultimately Uganda
might need to take drastic measures adding that the response capacity
should be enhanced further. He, however, hastens to add that the government should be willing to step in and take care of its people when
the need for a shutdown arises.