The Ministry’s Senior Public Relations Officer Emmanuel Ainebyoona said everyone that is coming into the country will be required to present COVID-19 negative test certificate at the airport and then proceed to their destination.
Quarantine centres are set to close after people who returned from aboard before October 1 complete their required 14-day stay.
The Ministry’s Senior Public Relations Officer Emmanuel Ainebyoona
said everyone that is coming into the country will now be required to present
COVID-19 negative test certificate at the airport and then proceed to their
Ainebyoona who was responding to complaints raised in a video
shared on twitter by a group of women who claim to be stuck at Douglas
Villa hostel, one of the quarantine centers said those that had already arrived
earlier than Thursday have to complete their mandatory duration and then the
facility will be closed.
Although he couldn’t reveal the total number of people currently under
institutional quarantine in different facilities, he said the women seen in the
footage complaining arrived from Dubai.
In the video, the women claim to have paid 850,000 Shillings for quarantine with
the promise that they will be secluded and monitored for COVID-19 symptoms
until the elapse of their quarantine. However, instead, they say they were
sharing rooms and not given anything to sanitize in addition to sharing washrooms
which are often very dirty.
Dr Richard Mugahi, who is the Ministry’s officer in charge of Quarantine
Centers couldn’t pick his calls or respond to his texts to verify these claims
and give details of how many people remain under quarantine.
However, this is not the first time that Douglas Villa is put on the spot over
filth and release of people before elapse of quarantine duration.
Early last month, URN spoke to a group of other women who had arrived from
Jordan that had been released from the facility before the end of duration yet
they had paid the full amount for quarantine and flight fees all consolidated
at $727 which was a condition for everyone to be scheduled to be repatriated
The women said they had been asked to go home to give space to new returnees
that had just arrived and crowded the facility.