Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) has embarked on a tour of member companies to assess their readiness as far as implementation of Covid19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is concerned
Daniel Birungi, the UMA Executive Director says together with the Health Ministry, they are touring member companies to train and certify them on the implementation of the SOPs.
“Those who have observed the directives and put in place safety measures will receive recommendation and act as examples to the others,” he said.
“We have recognized that it is our role as a body that brings together manufacturers to first of all assess our readiness as manufacturers for managing Covid19.”
Dr Aggrey Batesaaki, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Inspection, Standards and Compliance in Ministry of Health says during the tour they identified some gaps that need to be worked on to ensure a safe environment.
Mr Deo Kayemba the Vice Chairman for UMA was impressed by the preparedness exhibited by Manufacturers and he called upon them to continue putting employees at the fore front.
Mr Edwin Kenneth Kalungi, in charge of safety and ISO systems at Steel & Tube Industries Ltd informed the visitors that they screen temperature for all visitors before going through full body disinfection.
” All person’s records are taken to monitor their location, names and temperature. Upon entering to every office, one has to follow the guidelines of the walkways. They are restricted from interacting with any staff besides the one you intend to visit to minimize on contacts.”
After the visit, UMA promised to set up a Covid-19 task force for manufacturers who will draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide Ministry of Health as it sets these guidelines for manufacturing firms.
Prior to this visit, manufacturers held a virtual meeting in which they interfaced with various key players and experts in numerous sectors on how they can improve on working conditions of workers and clients in observance of set guidelines.
Dr. Aggrey Batesaaki warned asked manufacturers to be extra vigilant in maintaining SOPs because in case of covid positive case chances for the closure of the premises for a given time is high.
“Government is passionate about moving our economy further, and that his ministry is not happy to close the economy considering the vital role manufacturing plays in keeping our economy moving in such unprecedented times.”
Currently the Ministry of Health is in process of developing Consolidated Standard Operating Procedures for Manufacturing.
The companies inspected included Steel and Tube, Coca Cola Beverage company and Cipla quality chemicals.
The UMA team and Asst Commissioner Inspection Standards at Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Namanve