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Many Turned Away from Kasese Abbattoirs For Flouting COVID-19 SOPs

Saidi Zaibu, one of the butchers told URN that they had teamed up with police and health officials to ensure their customers comply with the SOPs. He says many of their customers have abandoned the practice of wearing of face masks and washing hands before accessing the abattoir.
Police is manning abbattoirs in Kasese municipality to enforce Covid-19 SOPs

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Hundreds of people were turned away from accessing abattoirs this morning in Kasese municipality by police and health officials for flouting COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Several of those turned away had gone to the abattoir to buy beat to flavor their Christmas feast.  

However, many showed up without face masks prompting police and health officials to turn them away. Others had to wait longer as police enforced Social Distancing.

Saidi Zaibu, one of the butchers told URN that they had teamed up with police and health officials to ensure their customers comply with the SOPs.

He says many of their customers have abandoned the practice of wearing of face masks and washing hands before accessing the abattoir.  

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He however, decried the low sales this year. Zaibu attributes the low sales to the low purchasing power in households due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  



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Charles Agaba, the operations manager at Kasese municipal abattoir, says unlike the old days where customers would even reach the slaughtering areas this year they have been denied access.   

He says they were aware of the colossal number of people who would come to buy meat in disregard of the health guidelines.  

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Martin Safari, the Kasese Central Division LC III Chairperson, said they engaged police after observing that most of the town dwellers are slowly disregarding the SOPs. Safari says they will extend the monitoring throughout the festive season.  

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Samuel Muhindo Kabinga, the Kasese District Disease surveillance focal person, says they are taking keen interest to ensure people adhere to all SOPs. Kasese has registered over 200 COVID-19 cases.  

 

Godfrey Kabyanga Baluku, the mayor of Kasese municipality has called on the residents not to leave their homes during this Christmas season unless under unavoidable circumstances.



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