Uganda is testing ministers for coronavirus
Uganda starts rapid testing of all cabinet ministers for coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO

The government of Uganda starts rapid testing of all cabinet ministers for coronavirus pandemic.

The Government of Uganda has begun testing its cabinet ministers for the coronavirus pandemic as one of the mass testing exercises that are taking place across the country.

According to the message sent to the ministers, mass testing was to take place at the President’s office starting on Friday and is to be compulsory for all Cabinet ministers.

“Tomorrow Friday, June 5 we will carry out tests for the cabinet. The venue will be 6th floor at the office of the president,” the message sent to cabinet ministers.

Emmanuel Ainebyona confirmed the reports and said it will be done every after two weeks.

“It is now going and it will be done every after two weeks to ensure members of the cabinet are safe,” the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health said.

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The testing comes barely after two weeks when the Ministry of Health started testing journalists for the pandemic. The ministry said it wanted to test journalists especially those that have been at the front of covering Covid-19 related stories because they may be exposed.

The Ministry of Health says the testing of cabinet Ministers begun yesterday and continues today. According to reliable sources many of the high profile government officials tested for the pandemic and started on the treatment after testing positive including the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.

Uganda is testing ministers for coronavirus
Uganda starts rapid testing of all cabinet ministers for coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO

Yesterday the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda decided to go into self-isolation after some of his contacts tested positive for the pandemic.

“Friends, I have gone into self-isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for COVID-19. My test results are negative, however, I have taken this decision as health recommended measure,” the prime minister tweeted on Friday.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine said that the ministers are being tested because they are on high risk of getting the diseases since they get into close contact with many people. 48 cabinet ministers will be tested every after two weeks.

This development comes after seven frontline line workers in northern Uganda tested positive for the pandemic on Sunday last week. The list included two doctors, three nurses, and two senior-level staff.

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The district LC Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi and other people including health officials have been quarantined on fears that they could be exposed since they were in contact with health officials who tested positive.