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Nabakooba Explains Mandatory Covid-19 Testing of Ministers

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba has explained why Government decided to compulsorily test all Ministers for COVID-19.

Speaking to reporters at the Ministry headquarters in Kampala on Saturday, Nabakooba said Ministers are at the frontline of COVID-19 response which puts them among the most at-risk groups.

“This is because Ministers are busy and are at the frontline of COVID-19 response. Ministers interact with a lot of people on a daily basis and are part of the national COVID-19 Task Force. This puts us among the most at-risk groups when it comes to the national effort. It is against that background that we decided to undertake the tests,” she said.

The exercise which began on Wednesday is still ongoing and Nabakooba said every Minister is free to share their results with the public as part of Government’s efforts to educate the public and fight stigma surrounding the pandemic.

She called on all members of the public who suspect to have been in touch with anyone with COVID-19 to always go for testing and proceed to self-isolate even when their tests turn negative.

On Friday, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda announced that he had gone into self-isolation after some of his contacts tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Nabakooba expressed concern over the surge in the number of travelers stranded in parks because they cannot find taxis and buses to transport them upcountry.

“With regards to the resumption of public taxis, we have noted the challenges travelers have been experiencing in finding vehicles. The scarcity has been brought about by the ongoing mandatory registration of taxis and bus operators,” she said.

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All this occurred after President Museveni okayed public transport to start operations on Thursday, June 4.

To curb the challenge, the Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi on Friday announced that taxis and buses plying upcountry routes had been given a waiver of 3 days to transport travelers even if they are not registered.

Nabakooba praised the decision saying it has saved many who have been stranded in the parks.

 

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