Police Officers Warned on covid-19 guidelines
The Police Director of Operations has warned officers taking COVID-19 SOPs lightly that they might be set for the worst. FILE PHOTO

The Police Director of Operations, Edward Ochom has warned officers taking COVID-19 SOPs lightly that they might be set for the worst.

As coronavirus cases continue to surge in Uganda more so in Kampala district, the Police Director of Operations, Edward Ochom has warned officers taking COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) lightly that they might be set for the worst.

Ochom made the remarks while delivering his internal message to the officers. 

He said that many have been witnessed in recent weeks defying the Ministry of Health (MOH) Standard Operating Procedures but this is not good because it puts not only their lives at stake but also the lives of others they relate with.

Earlier following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country, the MOH made it mandatory for every single Ugandan to observe the SOPs in place including washing hands with soap, maintaining social distance and wearing of masks in a bid to control the spread of the virus.

However, Mr Ochom raised concerns about incidents that police is taking lightly for example of some people who when in public places, taxis, boda-bodas, private cars among others are not wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

“The following directives have not been fully enforced and this may lead to an increase in the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and endanger the lives of Ugandans. Wearing of face masks while in public places, taxis, boda-bodas, private cars and all other places that may create a fertile ground for the spread of Covid-19 pandemic,” Ochom said.

Also, Mr Ochom urged officers to take appropriate action against anyone found defying the above guidelines including the curfew time which he said has been abandoned in recent weeks.

Police Officers Warned on covid-19 guidelines
The Police Director of Operations has warned officers taking COVID-19 SOPs lightly that they might be set for the worst. FILE PHOTO

Earlier following the lifting of the lockdown, President Museveni ordered the curfew time for boda bodas to be extended up to 6 pm and the night curfew pushed to 9 pm, however, Ochom explained that about footage from the CCTV cameras it was noticed that many boda bodas are still ferrying passengers even past the agreed time. 

“You are therefore directed to fully enforce the ministry of health guidelines against Covid-19 pandemic. Take appropriate action against anybody disregarding the directives and always endeavour to get evidence of such incidents or act by capturing and organizing both videos and photographic evidence to ease investigations and prosecution of offenders,” Ochom added.

His warning comes at a time when the health ministry on Thursday confirmed up to 155 new cases from COVID-19 tests done on 26 August 2020 pushing Uganda’s total case count to 2,679.

As of today, a total of 1,268 people have recovered from the virus while 28 have succumbed to it after the Ministry yesterday confirmed two more Covid-19 deaths recorded.