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Soroti Transporters Embrace Handwashing

At the main gate, two Jerrycans of water and detergents have been placed at both sides of the park for all passengers and drivers to wash hands before accessing the park. Park management has also erected a gate barring all Boda- Boda cyclists into the park.
A passanger washing hands at Soroti Taxi Park.

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Transporters in Soroti have embraced hand washing as one of the major preventive measures to counter Coronavirus, now a global health threat.

At Soroti Taxi Park, the park management held a crisis meeting on Friday in line with the Presidential Directives announced on Wednesday. So far, all other access points to the park have been restricted, leaving passengers to use one main gate. 

At the main gate, two Jerrycans of water and detergents have been placed at both sides of the park for all passengers and drivers to wash hands before accessing the park. Park management has also erected a gate barring all Boda- Boda cyclists into the park. 

Inside the park, passengers collect money once and hand to the driver who washes his hands before starting with the journey. At the gate, some personnel have been deployed to warn people against shaking hands and hugging each other.  

When URN reporter visited the park, crude waragi was being mixed with detergents like omo and jik for passengers to wash their hands.

Paul Omuron, the chairman of Soroti Taxi Park says they included a litre of crude waragi because they didn’t trust the effectiveness of other detergents used. 

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William Oriokot, the Soroti District Health Educator, says that the district disaster rapid response team formed early this week has prioritized sensitization drives to equip the public with basic preventive practices at home. 

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The Corona Virus scare has taken a toll of some of the commodities including sanitizers and salt.

Sanitizers cost more than 100,000 from 25,000 in the past in different supermarkets in Soroti.

Even salt, that has been costing only 600 shillings has hiked up to 1,000 shillings by Thursday in most shops within Soroti town.

Meanwhile, several students remain stranded at Soroti Taxi Park due to shortages of transport means to their different destinations. The students were returning from school following the Presidential Directive to close all the learning institutions by Friday.