Government has issued a ban on repatriation of any dead bodies from abroad irrespective of the cause of death, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Initially, non-COVID-19 deceased persons could have their remains flown back home for burial.
However, according to the letter seen by ChimpReports signed by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all the remains of persons who have passed on from abroad will not be flown into the country for burial.
“Following the presidential directives on 19th April 2020, remains of persons who have passed on from abroad will not be allowed into the country until further notice. This is regardless of the cause of death. The Ministry of Health is therefore implementing the directive,” read the letter in part.
Dr Mwebesa also mentioned in the letter that Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has already been notified that all Airlines should not to carry any bodies as cargo to Uganda during the period of COVID-19 until further notice.
He added, “We therefore advise that repatriation of the remains of the deceased be postponed till the situation normalizes and further guidance is provided.”
Mwebesa went ahead and requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary to advise all Ugandan Missions abroad accordingly.
Uganda is currently undertaking stringent measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country as it prepares to ease the COVID-19 lockdown in phases.
Some of the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as lockdown is being eased include; mandatory wearing of masks, stopping COVID-19 positive foreign truck drivers from entering the country, public transport vehicles to carry a half of their carrying capacity after the ban on public transport is lifted in two weeks among others.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 175 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 68 recoveries and no fatalities.