The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in support of the arrangements being made for the reopening of Entebbe Airport to passenger flights, has handed over various equipment to Civil Aviation Authority to aid Covid-19 response procedures.
This was during the launch of the ‘Strengthening Surveillance and Early Warning System’ project to control covid-19 at Entebbe airport.
According to Sanusi Tejan, IOM Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration was requested by government, through the UN Resident Coordinator for support to boost the capacity of Entebbe Airport response to COVID-19.
“Fortunately we were able to fundraise to support government and the people of the Pearl of Africa,” he said.
The donation was received by the Minister of State for Transport, Hon Joy Kabatsi. These include among others; Thermo scanner, human body disinfection booth and other Personal Protective Equipment.
Hon Kabatsi said that the equipment will complement the Covid-19 measures already in place to ensure a comfortable passenger experience through Entebbe International Airport.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda, Rosa Malongo said, “Covid-19 puts all of humanity at risk and requires an urgent and coordinated multi-stakeholder response focused on the intensification of surveillance, detection, containment measures and community engagement.”
Other agencies like the British High Commission in Uganda and World Food Program Africa have joined the cause, set up a temporary screening terminal structure to handle arrivals. At full capacity, it will handle up to 1000 passengers per day.