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Covid19: Screening Intensifies at Katuna Border

In a bid to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country, authorities in Uganda have beefed up screening against at the Katuna border with Rwanda.

The number of Coronavirus cases in Rwanda are reported to have reached seven as of Tuesday.

One of the victims is a 22-year-old man of Ugandan nationality, who arrived in Rwanda from London on Sunday.

In the meantime, health authorities have pitched camp at the border to ensure travellers getting into the country do not come in with the virus.

Alfred Besigensi, the acting District Health Officer for Kabale noted that the screening at the border is one of the interventions they have employed to ensure the safety of Ugandans.

“We have also put up an isolation centre at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for any suspected cases to be handled from. There is a standby ambulance to rush the suspects to the hospital,” he said.

The authorities have also boosted sensitization in the public to equip them with all the preventive measures against the disease.

“We started with sensitization in Churches on Sunday and we shall also do public talks in trading centres and other places. We have also encouraged places that are accessed by a lot of people to use hand washing facilities,” said Besigensi.

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Simon Byamukama, a Kabale based tour operator who had just arrived from Kigali after escorting a tourist to Rwanda commended the efforts being put across by both countries in combating the disease.

“I was subjected to intensive screening at both borders and from the look of things this virus may not affect us much if the guidelines are well followed,”  said Byamukama.

 

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