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Covid-19: Factories in Jinja Lay Off Staff

A section of the factory operators who on Thursday evening held a closed-door meeting with selected members of the Jinja district covid19 control task force noted that they were not ready for the stringent measures issued by the government.
Part of Nile agro factory.

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A section of factories in Jinja has temporarily laid off part of their staff in a bid to fulfil the control the spread of covid-19.

Some of the directives issued by the Ministry of Health comprised of social distancing, mandatory handwashing facilities, and construction of temporary camps for all essential factory employees, among others.

A section of the factory operators who on Thursday evening held a closed-door meeting with selected members of the Jinja district covid19 control task force noted that they were not ready for the stringent measures issued by the government.

They argued that reducing their workforce would ease their implementation of the standard operating procedures.

Francis Baganzi, the human resource manager of Nile agro industries limited says that they reduced their employees from 350 to 55.

He further says that the factory has also temporarily shut down some of its’ administrative units to reduce the congestion within offices.

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Cue out…the male workers,”.

Ronald Barente, the health and safety officer of Bidco Uganda Limited says that to effectively observe the recommended sops, the factory managers resolved to hire a hostel which could only accommodate 30% of their employees.

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Cue out…country at large,”.

On his part, the Jinja district chairperson, Titus Kisambira says that the task force is willing to cooperate with all the stakeholders in ensuring that, presidential directives are adhered to without fail.            



           

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