In a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 disease caused by Coronavirus, the Government has announced that all International conferences and meetings slated to take place in Uganda have been halted.
The pronouncement was made by the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng at Ministry headquarters in Kampala today afternoon.
“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that all International conferences slated to take place in Uganda have temporarily been postponed due to the looming threat of COVID 19,” said Aceng.
The decision, she said, was reached following an extensive consultation with experts from the Ministry of Health and partners such as WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control).
“The experts assessed the risk of global meetings on the importation and spread of COVID 19 in Uganda as very high.”
She added that the decision was leaned on various factors which include among others; Ugandans being vulnerable to the virus since it’s new, International conferences bringing people from countries affected by the pandemic, challenge and impossibility to avoid crowding and congestion in the big conferences and United Nations suspending a number of events over the pandemic.
“Given the above evidence, the Ministry of Health thus recommends that International meetings and conferences in Uganda should be postponed to a later date subject to the COVID 19 evolution and risk assessment.”
To the above effect, the Minister said that the last International meeting to be held in Uganda is the Uganda – Europe Business Forum taking place on Monday at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
On mass gatherings such as weddings or funerals, religious gatherings, football matches, political events, music shows among others, the minister announced the rules that have been drafted and must be followed by organisers of mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus among participants.
The organizers must designate a competent person to liaise with health authorities for advice during the organization of the event.
Ensure provision of adequate hand washing facilities with soap and water or alcohol based hand rub.
People with flu like symptoms and unwell should stay home in well ventilated rooms and should not be allowed to access premises of the gatherings.
Organizers should plan for cleaning and dis infective frequently used communal places like the bathrooms and toilets.
Organizers should provide adequate waste management facilities dustbins, cans, single use tissues among others.
Organisers should provide information on prevention of COVID 19 to participants.
THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY FACILITIES MUST BE AVAILABLE AT ALL MASS GATHERINGS.
Toilets / latrines.
Hand washing facilities.
Running water and soap or alcohol based hand rubs.
Waste management facilities.
Adequate ventilation with proper air circulation.
At least five thermometers for temperature screening.
All participants going for a gathering must be screened.
A health desk with health workers to monitor the health standards.
Access to evacuation facilities such as ambulances for sick participants.
First aid kits.