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The State Minister for Kampala, Hon Benna Namugwanya has said government through Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is putting in place measures to stabilize the Bodaboda sector by eliminating bad elements.
Hon Namugwanya says while government has no to considered chaseing Bodabodas from the city, they are putting in place measures to make the system better by re- registering bodabodas and enforcing driving permits.
“There are bad elements like murderers and thieves that have been using the cover of being bodaboda riders. With the new measures in place, we will be able to eliminate such bad characters and make the sector better,” she said.
The minister was speaking at the launch of a health camp organised by SafeBoda to offer free medical services to boda boda drivers and the surrounding community.
The five-day health camp kicked off Tuesday at the company’s training Academy located in Kyebando Kampala.
It will offer free medical services like Hepatitis B, STIs and HIV Aids testing, Counselling and treatment, free family planning information and service, free GBV, optical and sickle cell screening, free safe male circumcision, dental care services, a blood donation camp among others.
The camp is supported by UNFPA, the Nakasero Blood Bank, the Uganda Police, Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation among others.
Speaking at the launch, Commissioner Emergency Care Services at the Ministry of Health, John Baptist Waniaye praised SafeBoda and other Boda boda managing companies for investing in training Boda bodas on safety.
“Injuries come third in the top medical problems in Uganda. Also 60% of all injured patients in the hospital are Boda Boda cyclists. Companies like safe boda that are training these cyclists on the use of protective gears like helmets are saving government money that would otherwise be used on medical burden. We want cyclists to also also train in first aid administration because they are normally the first one to reach accidents scenes. This will help in saving lives,” he said.