Eng. George Otim, the Commissioner Health Services Infrastructure in the MOH says the contractor, Silverbacks Pharmacy Ltd has asked for time to get a voltage stabiliser to address the high power voltage challenge.
Agunyo says the platform is important because it will be one-stop centre on waste management and also help the ministry collect data on how much organic waste is produced in the country and how much can be generated into biogas energy.
The construction by China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) covers, among others, the construction of a new cargo centre, a new passenger terminal building, strengthening of the airport runways and their associated taxiways. It also involves rehabilitating and reconstructing the three aircraft parking aprons.
Works on the aircraft parking Aprons have not been completed
Eng. George Otim, the Commissioner Health Infrastructure at the Health Ministry says the ministry has sourced for the new contractor for the isolation centre in Entebbe as an emergency procurement because the normal procurement process would have taken at least 3 months.
Before the closure, the airport handled a total of 1.9 million passengers in 2019, an average of 160,000 passengers a month. But now agents and airline officials are doubtful that the numbers could even hit 50,000 by end of this month.
Dr. James Eyul, the Director Kazuri Medical Services, which is supporting the Health Ministry at Airport asks travelers to abide by the guidelines or face the "wrath of the law." He says they had earlier on picked up a man for presenting a fake a COVID-19 test certificate.
The 19 schools that were not cleared to reopen however, included 4 primary schools that did not intend to re-open anyway, as they did not have enough candidate learners to justify opening, and instead opted to refer the few children to other schools of the parents' preference.
At the launch, Dr. Viorica Berdaga, Chief Child Survival and Development at UNICEF, handed over about 5,000 cartons of different nutrition commodities which were worth over Shillings 14.8 billion to NMS through the health ministry.
She says NMS will distribute the supplies between October 2020 and March 2021 in 7 districts in the West Nile region. These include Arua, Zombo, Yumbe Adjumani, Koboko, Moyo, Onobgi and Madi-Okollo districts.
For instance, on October 2nd, 2020, health workers blocked 45 passengers from boarding a flight to the United Arab Emirates. The travelers presented expired COVID19 test certificates that were issued before September 28th, 2020.
At the time border closures were announced, the Directorate of immigration halted the issuance of other travel documents such as Certificate of Identity, Temporary movement permits, Conventional Travel Documents and Certification of travel documents and Passes. It also suspended the issuance and Personalization of Visas, Work permits, Citizenship, Resident permits and Passes.
Sserubidde says working in partnership with Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA and the Works Ministry, they launched an Airport Taxi App to stop drivers from fighting for passengers at the entrance terminal.
Of which, 20 operators work in the day shift and 30 during night time.
Several passengers say that getting a valid negative PCR test certificate within the stipulated time before a flight is a hurdle. According to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA, all returning and departing passengers must have tested negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before traveling.
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA has commenced the refurbishment of the external public toilet facility, days after a passenger complained about them being in an appalling state.
The passenger recorded a video that went viral over the weekend, indicating that the facility was poorly lit and in a deplorable state. He noted that the facility was not befitting of an international airport, and that users could also contract infections.
Njuki says that such passengers, whose flights depart or land during curfew time, are exempted from the restrictions. He adds that security agencies have been briefed to allow passengers who will move to and from Entebbe Airport during the curfew. However, he adds, all passengers must present their passports and air tickets whenever they are stopped.
According to new guidelines issued by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA, each airline, apart from Uganda Airlines will operate only one flight daily in the first phase of the reopening, covering the months of October to December 2020. The national airline will operate two flights a day to Nairobi, four times to Juba and Dar-es-salaam and thrice to Mogadishu.