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Covid19: Sh86m earmarked to Fumigate Entebbe Airport


Apr 2, 2020
Almost two weeks after Entebbe airport was closed to incoming passengers, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has embarked on a massive disinfection of the whole airport, control-tower plus all vehicles in a bid to kill viruses could possibly have been left behind by incoming passengers before the airport closure. The one-month exercise which started on April 2, will cost Sh86m.
Fumigating the arrival and immigration loby at Entebbe Airport
According to Eng. Ayub Sooma the director airports and aviation security, the fumigation exercise will not only kill all COVID19 viruses that may have been left behind, but also safeguard workers who are still carrying on with some operations. “The airport is still busy with cargo and emergency flights, therefore, we are still operating. We have also put in place a mechanism that can prevent cargo crew members to interact with any person here in Uganda as a way to control further spread of the pandemic,” explained Sooma. He however, noted that fumigation is part of the UCAA routine exercise that has always been budgeted for, and carried out within a specified period of time.
With the help of cranes, fumigation was done at upper floors of the Airport building
Lucy Komakech who led the fumigation team, explained that the team is mandated to sanitize the entire airport, using alcohol-based solution as being recommended by the World Health Organisation. “It is environmental friendly because it’s mainly comprised of alcohol content and hydrochloride,” remarked Komakech of A&M  executive cleaning services. She assured that the company has got capacity to handle the task at hand among other cleaning services. Komakech pointed out challenges related to expensive inputs that are required to manufacture the sanitizers. “Many people and institutions are ordering for our services but cannot manage the high price which is brought up by the high cost of production,” added Komakech.
Fumigation exercise against Coronavirus at Entebbe airport, will take 30 consecutive days
The first case of Covid19 in Uganda was of a 36year-old passenger from Dubai who was intercepted at Entebbe airport on March 21. Currently, there are 45 positive cases of Coronavirus disease in Uganda, most of whom were travelers who entered the country through Entebbe airport. Meanwhile, most businesses and operations at Entebbe airport have come at a standstill ever since the airport was closed to all international passenger flights, save for a few emergency travels. Restaurants, bars, duty-free shops and airline operators’ offices remain closed. Likewise, the immigration desks and check-in counters remain empty while sanitizers are spotted in different corners of the airport. Down at the tarmac, Uganda Airline planes remain parked at respective aprons while a few cargo planes fly in and out of the airport.

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