Kampala City traders under the Kampala Arcades Advocacy forum have
partnered with Mild May testing laboratory to carry out massive Covid-19 screening at
a subsidized cost.
This is meant to control the spread of Covid-19 among the
Suleiman Mpagi, the forum’s organizing secretary says that as leaders, they
have been looking for measures to prevent the outbreak of the covid-19
third wave. According to Mpagi, since some traders can't afford testing for covid-19 at a higher price, traders will pay 25,000 Shillings for
Mpagi says that the testing centres will be opened in the new and old Taxi
Parks and Mukwano Arcade Parking space.
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Mpagi says that they are still in discussions with Mildmay about
how the screening will be conducted and when it will start.
Doctor Emmanuel Omony the laboratory manager at Mildmay says that they
will prioritize testing of the traders because the traders are the most hit
when the government institutes a lockdown. He adds that apart from screening, the vendors will also be sensitized
about the Covid-19 SOPs.
Omony also says that most places in the cityarecongested yet there is limited
access to covid-19 testing services which explains why the virus spreads very
fast in the city.
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Traders in the arcades in Kampala have often been criticized for
not adhering to the Covid-19 Standard Operation Procedures.
At the beginning of this month, the government has started
inspecting arcades in Kampala Capital City to ensure that they adhere to the
covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs.
Following the easing of the lockdown by the President last month,
the arcades are required to have separate entrances and exits, CCTV Cameras to
monitor the arcades, have washing facilities at all entrances, a committee to
enforce hand washing and wearing masks and temperature guns. They are also
required to have isolation rooms where COVID 19 suspects can be managed.
Vendors operating on the verandas, corridors and in makeshift structures around
the arcades were also banned.