The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has issued Covid 19 Business Continuity plans for Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
This follows the Presidential guidance on scaling down Government agency operations to reduce social interaction to help stop the transmission of COVID-19.
NITA – U publicist Steven Kirenga says the Organisation has developed a pandemic-specific plan for adoption by MDAs during this crisis.
“The plan has incorporated a tiered response, clearly identifying the actions to be taken at each level and the circumstances that would trigger implementation of the next level,” said Kirenga.
14 cases of Coronavirus have so far been reported in Uganda.
This compelled President Museveni to suspend public transport and restrict access to markets and supermarkets.
“We have also identified the various ways that ICT can support MDA operations during this period,” said Kirenga.
NITA-U said it realized the critical need for MDAs to continue material operations during this Covid 19 pandemic, especially for mission-critical systems/services that citizens depend on.
Included in the plan extended to MDAs are: MDA Pandemic Response Plan; MDA Remote Access Form; MDA Work from Home agreement; and NITA ICT Advisory on working from home.
The developed Covid19 business continuity strategy ensures the continuation of Government business critical functions in the event of a significant business disruption at any of the MDA offices including technical failures affecting applications, systems, networks and the buildings the MDAs occupy.
These plans include mobilization procedures, notification guidelines, call trees and other pertinent information for the businesses as well as plans for crisis management and executive management personnel to ensure proper coordination of command and control activities in the event of an emergency related to Covid 19.
NITA-U said it’s committed to using ICT to support all Government agencies adopt to the recent necessary social distancing rules that are aimed at mitigating the spread of Covid19.
“We call upon the general public to follow the directives given by his Excellency, the President of Uganda and the guidelines offered by the Ministry of Health in order to fight COVID-19 in Uganda,” he observed.