The first batch of Ugandans stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 lockdown will land at Entebbe International Airport today Saturday, June 13, 2020.
Although they will be coming into Uganda in batches (300 people per batch), a total of 2,392 will return home and each batch will be coming into the country every two weeks.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made arrangements and communicated through Ugandan Missions abroad that returnees must undergo COVID-19 testing prior to their return journey.
In order to facilitate the process of returnees, the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng on Saturday said that her Ministry has developed an elaborate plan of ensuring that all returnees undergo necessary COVID-19 preventive measures.
Aceng revealed that a batch of 300 people will be received every two weeks beginning today Saturday.
“Uganda will receive a group of 300 returnees every two weeks. The first group will arrive in the country on June 13, 2020,” said Aceng.
She added, “the Ministry of Health has identified and prepared a total of 16 quarantine centers where all the returnees must undergo 14 days of institutional quarantine at their own cost.”
Furthermore, Aceng said that the Ministry of Health assembled screening and laboratory teams to ensure that all returnees undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and on the 10th and 14th days of quarantine respectively.
“If anyone is found positive in quarantine site, he/ she will be transferred to a designated isolation/ treatment center for care,” she added.
Many Ugandans stranded abroad have for months been calling on Government to repatriate them.
This has however been difficult since the Entebbe International Airport and all International borders were closed in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.