Speaker Kadaga orders three MPs who returned from Dubai to get tested and cleared of Coronavirus
The Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Kadaga has ordered a total of three legislators who recently returned from a trip in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city of Dubai to get tested and cleared of Coronavirus.
Kadaga’s order comes at a time when Uganda has now confirmed increasing cases of coronavirus. All victims being Dubai returnees.
While sharing a Parliamentary sitting on Tuesday 24th, Kadaga who was first to mention three MPs including Nakifuma MP Kafeero Ssekitoleko; Lwengo Woman MP, Cissy Namujju and Sempala Kigozi of Makindye Ssabagabo implied that they all have to be checked before they return to Parliament.
Kadaga also asked these MPs to self-quarantine themselves for the meantime and get proper assessment and checkup to determine whether they are free from the virus.
She further requested MPs to consider devising means to see that they sensitise and educate their constituents about the deadly coronavirus and what measures they can embark on to tackle it.
As more worries continue to arise about the deadly coronavirus, Uganda as a country has put up measures to try and mitigate the spread of the virus.
Last week, the President ordered for the immediate closure of all borders including the national airport hours after the country had reported it’s the first case of COVID -19.
As of today, Uganda has confirmed total cases of nine cases, a total that came up in only a space of three days. All these victims reported from Dubai recently.
This has since raised more health concerns in the country. While announcing the eight new cases of COVID -19 on Monday 23rd, the health minister, Jane Ruth Aceng called on all Ugandans who have recently just returned from Dubai to report to the ministry for checkups.
President Museveni’s advise to Ugandans
While addressing the country, yesterday President Museveni said he was optimistic the country would overcome the pandemic as it did with the Ebola outbreak.
He, however, advised Ugandans more so those who have been close to infected people or travelled back from abroad in recent weeks to show up and stop hiding because it will endanger others and the country at large.
He said the situation can be manageable if all locals put into action the proper guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and MOH.
“The people who escape and try to hide are endangering themselves unnecessarily. There is a possibility that you can be treated even if you are infected. There’s a possibility that one can be treated.
“The situation is manageable. We have got the people being treated and some of the people are responding well. The appetite for the first patient has returned,” Museveni said at a presser on Monday night.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Ugandans
- Don’t get near anybody coughing or sneezing.
- Don’t get into the public if you are sneezing or coughing.
- Always wash your hands with water and soap.
- Avoid touching your soft parts of the body. This virus goes through the soft parts of the body including the mouth, nose and eyes.