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Uganda Bans Sneezing and Coughing Passengers From Using Public Transport

The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Achieng has asked the general public to adhere to the prevention measures given by the President

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As Uganda is intensifying preventive measures for the probable spread of the COVID-19 [Coronavirus] pandemic, local transport owners [taxi and bus operators] across the country have been directed not to allow passengers who poses symptoms of sneezing-in/out and coughing on board.

According to President Yoweri Museveni, people cannot be denied to move from region to region within the Country, however, he called for utmost attention and vigilance by the bus operators and travelers at large.

In his address to the country this evening [Sunday 22nd March, 2020] at State House Nakasero, President Museveni further advised that, following the confirmation of the first coronavirus case in Uganda, people who don’t own private transport means should stay home rather than using public means of transport.

He also directed the Ministry of Health to provide temperature testing equipment at all entry points for taxi and bus parks.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Achieng has asked the general public to adhere to the prevention measures given by the President. She also appealed to the district health task force to ensure that the district health task forces are active and ensure that public gatherings are stopped.

“I want to particularly appeal to those who were on the plane with the victim who was diagnosed positive of COVID-19 to comply with the Ministry of Health whenever they are called upon,” advised the Minister.

This is the third time in less than a week the president is addressing the Nation on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first address was delivered on Wednesday 18th March, 2020 when the State of honor banned all public gatherings including suspending classes in schools and Universities, Church services, wedding and any form of entertainment events that gather more than 10 people, for a period of 32 days in order to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus.

The second address by the president was delivered yesterday [Saturday 21st March, 2020] at State House Entebbe where he announced the lockdown of all entry points to Uganda, both on land, water and air, as part of measures to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus.

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However, an exception has been given to only cargo planes for air and cargo trucks for borders on-land.

“Humans crossing into Uganda from the different border points are prohibited going forward. We are not against anyone but this is about manageability,” explained the President.

Citizens who will be caught up by this directive which is effective Sunday 22nd March, 2020 have been advised to stay where the lockdown finds them.

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 6,500 worldwide, according to an estimate from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources.

At least 174,085 cases have been confirmed globally with 77,866 recovered cases according to worldometer statistics.

 

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Noah Omuya

Noah Omuya is the founder and CEO of Aica Communications LTD, a Company that currently runs an online news publication (www.aica.co.ug) with a plan of beginning to print Magazines and a newspaper in Ateso language in 2020. He is a Media challenge Fellow- class of 2019 and he has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism from the Media challenge fellowship and Kampala International University, where he pursued his Bachelors of Mass Communication. At the age of 18, Omuya was a train-on-job employee with Joshua 93.5 FM where he acquired a three years’ demonstrable experience in broadcast media, content development, public relations and, marketing and promotions strategies for private businesses, public entities and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging with traditional media. He scooped a Media Challenge award for the best feature essay writer of the year 2018. He was also first runner up for the refugee broadcast story of the year, and second runner up for radio feature story teller. The Media Challenge Award qualified him to be part of the Media Challenge Fellowship, where he has got intensive training in solutions journalism, political reporting, investigative reporting, youth participatory radio, multimedia journalism, and data journalism. At the fellowship, he has been trained by international celebrated journalists from BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP, NBS Tv, UBC Tv, NTV, New Vision, Daily Monitor among other recognized institutes. He also has hands-on experience in research, in different private organizations in Uganda; experience in media relations with regular assignments in field reporting, marketing and public relations.

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