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COVID-19: Health Experts Urge Security Officers to Wear Masks

The call comes after the number of security officers that have tested positive for the disease increases. According to health officials, so far, 54 security officers have tested positive for the disease
A female traffic police officer checks the validity of a vehicle tax reciepts as her boss Norman Musinga (R) who is the Kampala traffic police commander looks on

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Health experts have reminded security officers in the country to wear masks as a preventive method against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The call comes after there is an increase in the number of security officers who have tested positive for the disease. According to health officials, so far, 54 security officers have tested positive for the COVID-19.

Health experts who were attending a virtual meeting today say that it is important for security personnel to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures such as wearing masks, washing hands and avoid touching  their eyes and noses.

Dr. Alex Ario, the director of the national institute of public health and also a member of the COVID-19 ministerial scientific committee says that police officers need to wear the masks to keep safe.



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One of the first police officers who tested positive for the disease in Masindi was a member of a security enforcement team responsible for enforcing curfew directives.

Dr. Monica Musenero, an epidemiologist and also a senior presidential advisor on epidemics says that government is going to carry out training to better sensitize security personnel like police officers about the importance of wearing masks.




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According to Dr. Musenero, the trainings are expected to start as early as next week. As of yesterday, a total of 1,075 cases of COVID-19 have been reported.

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