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UN donates Covid-19 safety Equipment to Entebbe Airport


Sep 10, 2020 , ,
By Wahiidah Namboowa
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has donated Covid-19 safety equipment to Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) to be used at Entebbe airport. IOM, which is the United Nations (UN) migration agency, had received a request from the government of Uganda through the UN resident coordinator, for support towards the return of Ugandan migrants stranded in the middle-east and the enhancement of Entebbe airport capacity to respond to Covid-19 pandemic.
From left; Eng. Ayub Sooma the director for aviation and airports security, Minister of state for transport Joy Kabatsi, Rosa Malango the UN resident coordinator and Sanusi Tejan Savage
Among the donated equipment are 4 stand alone air-conditioners, 10 automated sanitizers, 1 automatic computerised thermo scanner and 1 automatic walk-through booth disinfector with temperature reading. While handing over the equipment to UCAA management, Sanusi Tejan Savage, the chief of IOM mission in Uganda, noted that the agency will also assist up to 196 vulnerable migrants that are unable to cover their own travel costs from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and those stranded in the United Arab Emirates.
“We shall also facilitate screeners and health workers to conduct the screening at Entebbe airport, for a period of six months, provide personal protective gear and also support the data management process,” pledged Sanusi, adding that the immigration agency will continue fundraising for the people of Uganda to overcome Covid-19.
One of the automated scanners and sanitization machines donated to UCAA
Mr. Fred Bamwesigye the UCAA Ag. Director General lauded IOM for the support, saying the equipment will go a long way in ensuring safety of passengers and front-line airport staff. According to Bamwesigye, UCAA has in conjunction with airport stakeholders, also put in place a number of other interventions to address the challenges occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic on air travel.
“We have also installed automated sanitizers at various points within the terminal building, social distancing marks on the ground and erected glass shields at immigration counters among others,” noted Bamwesigye.
Meanwhile, Hon. Joy Kabatsi the state minister for transport, noted that the government is working hand in hand with many stakeholders in the aviation, tourism and trade sectors to draw strategies aimed at putting in place mitigation measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 through air travel when passenger operations eventually resume. “The mitigation measures have so far been tested with evacuation flights for foreigners and repatriation flights for returning Ugandans, and so far proved to be effective,” remarked Hon. Kabatsi.
UN Officials being ushered into Entebbe Airport, where they donated automated Sanitizers, Computerized thermo scanners among others
She further noted that the government of Uganda attaches a lot of importance to the aviation industry because it guarantees the country’s direct international access thereby promoting trade, tourism and socio-economic development. Pointing out the construction of Kabaale airport in Hoima district, minister Kabatsi said, government is undertaking a number of interventions to develop an air transport network that will connect the country to all major cities of the world, to compete successfully for economic growth opportunities.

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