In a letter dated July 8, 2020, Bwowe informed Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng that they will have no contractual obligation with the Quarantine Centre’s at the end of the 14th day, yet many of them only budgeted for the days that they were told before boarding planes to Uganda.
A section of Ugandans who have just returned into the country from
overseas are protesting spending more than 14 days in institutional
A total of 804 Ugandans and legal
residents have returned from Afghanistan, India, Southern Africa, Ireland and
the United Kingdom among others since
June 22 and are
currently accommodated in 37 quarantine centres in Entebbe and
Kampala which were gazetted by
the Ministry of Health.
However, at Entebbe International
Airport returnees say they got a document authored by the Ministry of Health indicating that a sample would be
taken on the 14th day and returned within three days after completion of the
mandatory quarantine days.
As a result, the returnees
through a one Ivan Bwowe say that the Ministry of Health is, in essence, expecting them to spend not less
than 17 days in quarantine. Bwowe, a lawyer who returned last week from
Ireland, in protest, has now written to Ministry of Health stating challenging the extra days.
In a letter dated July 8, 2020,
Bwowe informed Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng that they will have no contractual obligation with the Quarantine Centre’s at
the end of the 14th day, yet
many of them only budgeted for the days that they were told before boarding
planes to Uganda.
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Bwowe says the Ministry of Health should know that it
is dealing with people who are already distressed and frustrated by inefficient
systems and demands that they
should be given
definitive periods, not estimates for when the quarantine will be done.
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Two other returnees, who preferred anonymity told URN that the
Ministry of Health should be considerate because some of them got stranded for
almost four months without working and have already spent so much in airfares to return home. One
says that they have
spent over 8 million Shillings on travel costs and will pay over more than three million Shillings on
quarantine at a cost of
170,000 Shillings a
However, the Health Ministry Spokesperson
Emmanuel Ainebyoona says that the ministry communicated quarantine
procedures indicating that
the last sample is taken on the 14th Day and that the results are expected within the 48 hours after
the sample is taken. Ainebyoona
says the laboratory team is working hard to ensure that results are returned quickly,
but average waiting
time is 48 hours.
In March, a number of quarantined persons spent between
17 to 24 days in institutional quarantine.