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Lukwago: We are Considering Mass Testing for COVID-19 in Kampala

Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, has registered concern regarding the increasing number of Covid-19 Community cases within the capital City.

Lukwago spoke at the induction of the Authority Councilors this Wednesday.

The officials were orientated pursuant to their roles, functions, responsibilities and the City governance structure in appreciation of the new KCCA legal regime (KCCA (Amendment) Act 2019).

The Lord Mayor said KCCA Cabinet is “considering mass community testing in Kampala” but also encouraged “voluntary testing” of people to prevent further spread of Coronavirus.

“Such an exercise can only be pulled off by empowering the village health teams,” said Lukwago.

“It is also important to equip the KCCA Health Centers to manage the rising number of community cases but there are budgetary constraints in pursuing this,” he added.

The Health Ministry recently expressed “concern” over the “rapidly increasing cases in Kampala” since the lifting of the lockdown restrictions.

“This is because the community is not following the standard operating procedures that include; hand washing, proper use of face masks and social distancing whenever in public places like workplaces, arcades and public transport,” said Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng.

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Meanwhile, Lukwago advised the Councilors to always observer decorum in all their engagements and inspired them to think of the Alderman Title being bestowed upon them after serving diligently.

The induction was facilitated by Mr Erias Mutumba, a Legal Senior Research Officer with the Ministry of Local Governance who emphasized the need of respecting the law to the letter but also working together as a team beyond political parties after being elected the Council.

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