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Coronavirus: Uganda intensifies Border Security, Screening as neighbouring countries register cases


Mar 16, 2020
Having registered new cases of Coronavirus pandemic in the neighbouring Rwanda and Kenya, Ugandan government has announced plans of redesigning the screening area at Entebbe airport as well as tightening security across several border posts. This was revealed by Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng the minister of health while monitoring the screening exercise on Sunday evening at Entebbe airport. According to minister Aceng, the department of international development has assigned a technical person who understands systems, to re-think, re-plan and re-design the screening area at Entebbe airport.
Dr. Yonas Tegegn the WHO representative being screened at Entebbe airport
The health minister also contends that re-designing of the screening area which will take shape in one week, is meant to ensure easy and quick screening exercise as well as providing ample space for travelers coming into the country. “With the new system design, everybody including VIPs will use the same section during the screening exercise to ensure free flow of passengers,” noted minister Aceng, advising that social distancing is paramount in the prevention of coronavirus pandemic.
About the concern of porous borders which may be used as entry points by victims of COVID19, the minister assured that security organs are working closely with the health ministry to ensure implementation of all government plans put in place to prevent entry and spread of the killer virus into the country.
A medic at Entebbe airport monitoring all arriving passengers for any cases of coronavirus disease
Eng. Ayub Sooma the director airports and aviation security stressed a need for re-designing the screening area at Entebbe airport which will help in solving the congestion of passengers during the screening exercise. “It is now a requirement for passengers at the airport to keep one square metre away from one another in order to avoid any possible contamination,” Eng. Sooma stressed. The airport and aviation security boss also revealed that the aviation sector is currently making big losses due to the low passenger-travels caused by fear of coronavirus pandemic. “Passenger traffic has reduced by 50% which has subsequently affected the tourism industry as well as other service sectors,” complained Eng. Sooma.
Minister Aceng and Dr. Tegegn observing the operation mechanism of the screening machines at Entebbe airport
Meanwhile, Dr. Yonas Tegegn the country representative for World Health Organisation implored every concerned party to use whichever avenue believed to prevent the spread of Covid19 in Uganda. He however, expressed the country’s preparedness in handling the pandemic, saying Uganda is better prepared than it was in the past few years. This comes after neigbouring countries like Rwanda and Kenya have registered cases of coronavirus pandemic leading to abolition local gatherings.
One of the passengers being sanitised upon checking in, at Entebbe airport

While monitoring the screening exercise at Entebbe airport on Sunday, the health minister in company of other charged officials, were taken through different screening procedures to re-affirm the exercise and also interact with medics carrying out the job. Aceng intimated that over 20 health workers at Entebbe isolation centre have been trained on how to handle any cases of coronavirus disease, and also provided 25 beds at the isolation facility. “We are going to train more health workers at Mulago hospital, through an exercise which will start this week,” added Aceng. Over 6000 deaths worldwide have been registered as a result of the COVID19 also known as Coronavirus disease, in the space of less than 3months since its outbreak in the Wuhan city of China.

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