The authority says that it needs up to 150 billion Shillings to cover the recurrent wage bill and sustained operations, port health infrastructure and systems, enhanced security and modification of the terminal building to meet social distancing requirements.
According to the Resident District Commissioner of Soroti who chairs the Taskforce, William Wilberforce Tukei, fuel crisis has forced the district to reduce on the number of vehicles carrying out surveillance to three. He explains that at the beginning, the Taskforce had deployed 10 vehicles for surveillance where each sub county had a vehicle.
Frank Baine, the spokesperson of Prisons said that because of this development, they have reopened Busesa Prisons in Bugweri district to resume as an isolation centre for all the new prisoners in the areas of Busoga. All the prisoners in Busesa have been shifted to other prisons in eastern Uganda after completing the mandatory 14-days quarantine period.
Beneficiaries are going to receive 150,000 Shillings, aggregated to cover the month of January to June. To benefit from the grants, one must be 80-years and above and in possession of a valid national ID issued by the National Identification and Registration Authority-NIRA.
Dr Suzanne Kiwanuka, a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy Planning and Management at Makerere University School of Public Health says that keeping only those that need critical care will reduce the number of health workers needed at facilities, reduce the burden on hard resources in addition to reducing exposure to the risk of infection to health workers.
Four of the cases were picked from points of entry while another four were from alerts in the community; two from Kyotera, one from Kayunga and one from Amuru district. The country's total confirmed cases stands at 665, out of which 546 remain active in hospitals across the country.
Kyomuhendo Queen, a teacher by profession and the group mobilization secretary says that she has observed residents have disregarded presidential directives which calls for the efforts of everyone to inform and continue sensitizing them about the and dangers of the disease.
In queues, big trucks carrying merchandise wrestle for space with groups of people, some with face masks below their chins struggling through the only two entrances to the more than 20 arcades that make the busiest Kikuubo lane. The arcades had never been opened since the end of March when President Museveni directed a lockdown on both transport and non- food business.
Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer and Secretary to the task force says they do not have funds to buy fuel to transport the patients to Masaka. The island sub-county lacks a treatment centre.
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner also the district covid-19 task-force chairperson says 21 sample collection kits that were delivered from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital over the weekend are now finished.
The district had by last week run out of the collection kits but got emergency supplies from Gulu to extract swab samples from high risks contacts of the male positive patient.
The patients who are all cargo truck drivers from Elegu One-Stop Border entry point in Amuru District were admitted on Tuesday evening. This brings the number of patients admitted at the facility to 80.