The crisis has caused panic among health authorities not only at the regional referral but also in other hospitals and health units that depend on the plant for oxygen. The breakdown comes amidst an increase in hospital admissions for Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) patients.
Hours after the travel ban came to effect, there has been the heavy deployment of armed police officers and Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers (UPDF) and the erection of roadblocks at various district boundaries across the country.
The council's financial officer Richard Mabala explains that the shortfall in the revenue collections was mainly caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says that the city was not able to collect revenue as anticipated at a time when businesses were closed, and the level of activity was suffocated.