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Health Ministry Flags Off Second COVID-19 Rapid Assessment Survey Team as Museveni Eases Lockdown

As Museveni further eases the COVID-19 lockdown, the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has today, Wednesday July 22, 2020, flagged off the teams to conduct the second COVID-19 rapid assessment survey to determine the extent of COVID-19 community transmission and possible risk groups.

While flagging off the team at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala, Aceng said 10,000 people will be assessed.

“10,000 Ugandans will be interviewed and samples withdrawn and tested for COVID-19,” she said.

The targeted districts for the survey are guided by the number of infected individuals in the respective districts.

The districts include Masaka, Kyotera, Adjumani, Rakai, Isingiro, Gulu, Buikwe, Ntungamo, Amuru, Kakumiro and Kasese.

The population groups to be assessed include border crossing points and communities (URA staff working at points of entry, migratory population, traders), law enforcement officers, health workers, bodabodas and bicycle riders, sex workers, slum areas, households in high risk exposure areas of border districts, children under 15 years old, the elderly above 60 years old, factory workers and fishing communities.

On April 28, 2020, Aceng flagged off the first assessment survey team to carry out rapid mass testing for COVID-19 in communities along the border, security officers among others.

The Minister on May 14, 2020 revealed that out of 23,414 persons targeted to be tested for COVID-19 by the rapid assessment survey team, 14,061 had been tested.

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The rapid assessment survey is a necessity to rule out possible cases of community transmission that could have been missed in the daily surveillance.

With the easing of COVID-19 lockdown by the President, there could be cases of community transmission which are asymptomatic.

President Museveni yesterday Tuesday, further eased the COVID-19 restrictions allowing bodabodas, arcades and salons to resume operations though under tough Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) such as mandatory record book keeping to record the details of any customer interacted with, wearing of masks among others.

Museveni also extended curfew time from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Although, the restrictions on arcades, salons and bodabodas were eased, places of worship, schools, bars, International borders and Entebbe airport remain closed.

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