According to UNRA, the COVID-19 received samples of 6 staff members, 5 of whom were from Nakawa and one from Masindi returned positive.
Information coming from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) indicates that up to six staff members tested positive from samples tested between 19th and 20th August 2020.
As part of the government’s directive to have every organization stressed to mandatory testing of its workers, the roads authority last week carried out screening for all its staff to determine their health state.
According to a statement released by UNRA, samples of six staff members including five from the Nakawa branch and one from the Authority’s office in Masindi returned positive for COVID-19 following the screening of up to 494 samples taken between 19th and 20th August 2020.
“Upon confirmation of the mentioned cases, Management, together with the Ministry of Health have since rolled out the respective incident management protocols and the much-needed health support system that will include psychosocial services to our affected members of staff currently under medical care,” part of a statement from UNRA read.
It added; “We appeal to all our clients and the general public to continue practising proper health hygiene as advised by the Ministry of Health including regular washing of hands, wearing facemasks, avoiding close contact and refraining from shaking hands among others.’’
This comes at a time when the Ministry of Finance on Monday also confirmed that up to 21 of its staff members had tested positive for the virus.
Many other organizations around Uganda including the Police and different media organizations among others have since reported cases.
As coronavirus cases continue to surge in the country, the health ministry continues to urge the general public more so those in areas around Kampala to remain vigilant adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures in place to minimise the spread of the virus.
The Ministry’s call comes following the increasing virus contractions among people residing and staying in Kampala.
On Monday, the health ministry confirmed an additional 99 new Covid-19 cases from tests done 23rd August 2020 with Kampala yet again registering the most number of cases.
A total of 49 contacts and alerts were confirmed from areas around the city centre while eight were from Kikuube, five from Gulu, four from Sironko, three from Lamwo, two from Lira, Luweero, Tororo and Yumbe districts respectively while each of Mbale, Abim, Amuru, Bundibugyo, Kotido, Kiryandongo and Namisindwa also confirmed one case respectively.
On Sunday, the Ministry also confirmed a similar figure from Kampala – a total of 59 confirmed cases from the contacts and alerts came from Kampala, the most by any district on that day.