Ugandan LegislatorsTested for COVID-19
Uganda Tests up to 300 Legislators and Parliament Staff for COVID-19. PHOTO/INDEPEDENT UG

300 MPs and Parliament staff members and workers were stressed to a screening exercise for COVID-19 on Thursday.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) Thursday held a screening of up to 300 legislators and other Parliament workers to determine those who might be infected with the coronavirus.

300 MPs and Parliament staff members and workers were stressed to a screening exercise on Thursday, 16 July from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. 

Others will be screened from Friday until everyone has been stressed to the exercise. According to the MOH, the results from the testing will be released in a space of at least two days.

This comes days after the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Kadaga ordered for Parliament as an institution to be screened as part of government’s plan to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Kadaga’s directive was sparked following recent reports earlier this week that was linking one female legislator to have tested positive for COVID-19.

Notable online news sources pointed to the Woman MP for Kiryandongo, Helen Kahunde as the one who had tested positive

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Many sources were quoted saying that a section of Members of Parliament from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) side were all subjected to a COVID-19 test ahead of a meeting with the President on Tuesday.

They stressed that Kahunde’s results returned positive, however in an interview with one radio station, the MP made it clear that she held a test but she was yet to see her results.

Kahunde said that she saw the news around social media platforms about her testing positive and kept wondering how the public would get to know about her situation before her knowing.

Ugandan LegislatorsTested for COVID-19
Uganda Tests up to 300 Legislators and Parliament Staff for COVID-19. PHOTO/INDEPEDENT UG

Kahunde said that she had to call Dr Henry Kyobe, the person in charge of the results to clarify on the issue.

“I called him and I was wondering how everyone now knows my result and yet personally I have not got my results. At least they would first give me my results saying based on the tests of the results, this is what we have got, but I don’t even have it in my hand, and they told me the results are not out,” said Kahunde then.

“What they told me, is that my result was inconsistent and so I needed to to another test, but now many people are saying I am in Mulago.”

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Meanwhile, many legislators welcomed the screening exercise advising the MOH to do the same for most organizations in the country. They said the process should be redone to fully determine everyone’s proper health state.