Aceng Uganda coronavirus outbreak
Health Minister Jane Aceng says Uganda cannot handle coronavirus in case of an outbreak. File Photo

Health Minister Jane Aceng says Uganda cannot handle coronavirus in case of an outbreak

Minister Aceng talks Coronavirus – Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has directed the clerk to Parliament to identify and isolate legislators who recently came from China against coronavirus.

Speaker Kadaga’s directive followed Minister for Health Dr Ruth Jane Aceng, Minister of Health ministerial statement she presented on the floor of Parliament on Thursday 13, February 2020 concerning the state of coronavirus in Uganda.

“Outside China, another 525 cases have been confirmed in 24 countries as follows: Japan has 28, Yokohama 175, Republic of Korea 28, Vietnam 16, Singapore 50,” Aceng said.

However, Aceng noted that despite the outbreak that has spread to over 24 countries now there’s no case yet reported in Uganda and Africa in particular.

“Right Hon Speaker and Hon Members Uganda have no confirmed case of the 2019novel coronavirus as of today 13th, February 2020. However, the level of importation into the country is still very high due to the rapid spread of the virus,” Aceng said.

105 Ugandan students are still trapped in China, but the minister announced that the students will not be repatriated; however, the government has mobilized resources that will be wired to their accounts to help them during their difficult stay in China.

“We will maintain the students in Wuhan City with close monitoring of their situation and welfare

Two, the ministry of finance and ministry of the foreign affair to immediately remit the funds to the students through an available online system, and right Hon Speaker I saw the requisition and I have monitored the process, the money is ready for wiring,” Aceng said.

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Aceng Uganda coronavirus outbreak
Health Minister Jane Aceng says Uganda cannot handle coronavirus in case of an outbreak. File Photo

Minister Aceng further mentioned that Uganda cannot handle the coronavirus in case of an outbreak a statement that caused tension among legislators.

“In terms of specialized isolation facilities with specialized equipment my answer is no,” Aceng said.

This was after legislators asked how prepared is the country in case of an outbreak.

Legislators, however, said that it’s unfortunate that there are still loopholes at Entebbe International Airport and at the border points whereby, the people coming through VIP do not go through the scanner.

Legislators argued that members of Parliament who travelled recently to China should be investigated. Because some members were indeed in China recently and they have interacted with them.

Responding to legislators’ statement Speaker Kadaga then directed the clerk to Parliament to identify and quarantine the legislators who recently returned from China.

“And that one I think I will ask the clerk to identify the members who travelled to China, so that we can isolate them,” Kadaga ruled.