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Dr. Richard Mugahi, the National Coordinator for Quarantine Centers in the Health Ministry, says the five returnees including a child were exempted from institutional quarantine because of terminal illness.
K Hotels is among the quarantine centres in Entebbe Municipality
Five of the 187 Ugandans who returned from India are under self-isolation in their homes. Dr. Richard Mugahi, the National Coordinator for Quarantine Centers in the Health Ministry, says the five returnees including a child were exempted from institutional quarantine because of terminal illness.

“We don’t want them to suffer from psychological torture in institutional quarantine. Some got more depressed after getting stuck in India for over two months.  So we took them home,” he said. He explained that they have deployed security and health officers in the homes of the returnees to ensure they observe self-quarantine.

The remaining returnees have been isolated in the 22 quarantine centers in Kampala and Entebbe designated by the Health Ministry.  Most of the returnees from India including eleven children and 63 females had traveled for treatment but couldn’t return because of the nationwide lock down.

The returnees are expected to spend a minimum of 14 days under quarantine. In mid-March, the Health Ministry resolved to place all Covid19 suspects and their contacts under institutional quarantine after some of people violated the self-isolation guidelines.

Some of the suspects would leave home or entertain guests despite being expected to stay away for 14 days to combat the spread of COVID-19. Another group of Ugandans are expected to arrive in the country from India this Saturday.  

An additional 434 Ugandans are expected to arrive today and Friday from South Africa, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. The Acholi Paramount Chief Rwot, David One Acana is among the Ugandans returning from the UK this evening. 

This is an addition to another batch of Uganda who arrived in the country from Afghanistan, Turkey, Belgium, The Netherlands and Sudan.  11 Ugandans from Afghanistan tested positive for Covid-19. 

All returnees are tested for COVID-19 on arrival at the airport and after spending the mandatory 14 days in quarantine. The Foreign Affairs Ministry says 2,400 Ugandans got stuck in 66 countries across the world. 

They are expected to return in the country in groups of 300 every two weeks for better management of suspects and confirmed cases. 

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