The Ministry of Health has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
to limit the number of people returning from abroad to only 300.
This comes after more than 900 people who were stranded aboard due
to the lock down imposed due to the outbreak of covid-19, returned in almost three weeks. Earlier on,
both ministries had agreed to only allow 300 people to return after every two
The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says that if the number is limited it
will enable the health workers to manage the returnees, who are supposed to undergo
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With more than double the agreed-upon returnees, minister Aceng
says that some health workers are strained.
Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated all embassies
halting the return process of people.
Ambassador Patrick Mugoya, the Permanent Secretary at the time
said that the agreed-upon number of 300 was for only Ministry of health public
institutional facilities. Other centres like hotels could take in as many as
“The 300 figure was for the
ministry of health. The hotels that we have here can handle more than 1,000
people. The capacity is there. But for now, on the request of health officials,
we have stopped the process so that they can handle the numbers in the country
so that we are not overstretched,” Mugoya said.
It is still not known when the next group will arrive in the
country. The next phase of returnees will become from the United States, United
Arab Emirates, China and Malaysia.
The first group of returnees entered the country on June 22, 2020,
from Turkey. Since then eight other
flights have entered from Sudan, Netherlands, India, Afghanistan, United Arab
Emirates, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
The returnees are supposed to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine
at 34 designated places in hotels and schools.
As of today, 15 people among the returnees have tested positive
for the disease.
According to the health ministry, over 1,700 Ugandans and foreign
nationals are currently undergoing quarantine in the country. As of today,
Uganda has 1,006 confirmed cases of COVID-19.