8m free masks given out, gov’t to enforce wearing


Uganda has continued to register more COVID-19 deaths and this should be a major worry for everyone.

ICT & National Guidance Minister, Hon Judith Nabakooba on Monday addressed the press at Uganda Media Centre.

According to the Ministry of Health, community infections have also started to increase in areas such as Kampala, Kyotera and Amuru districts.

It is unfortunate that despite the deaths and rising community infections, many people are still failing to go by the preventive measures provided by Ministry of Health, Nabakooba said.

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Government is specifically concerned about the situation in Kampala.

All key markets and shops in down town Kampala are no longer following the recommended measures.

“I want to use today’s occasion to remind all Ugandans to stop and reflect upon their attitude towards COVID-19,” she noted.

“This is a killer disease that is killing thousands of people worldwide. It is the responsibility of everyone to protect themselves and the lives of your loved ones by doing what Ministry of Health and His Excellency the President are telling us to do.”

She called upon all market leaders all over the country to enforce the wearing of masks, washing of hands with soap for everyone including social distancing.

She also reminded all arcades operators to always go by the operating guidelines that they agreed upon.

“Ensure that all customers register when buying products, ensure social distancing and temperature guns at the entrance.”

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health started to distribute masks in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono.

Nabakooba reminded all residents in Kampala to be vigilant and ensure that all get the free masks being distributed by local leaders.

“Very soon, government will start enforcing the wearing of masks and there will be no excuses for not having one.”

So far about 8 million Masks have been distributed country wide.

“I would also like to remind the Private car users about the existing guidelines that were issued by his Excellency the President.”

Private cars were authorized to carry only a maximum of four passengers including the driver.

All these must always have their masks on all the time when in the car.

“It has come to our attention that majority of the private car users are no longer complying to this directive as well.”

As the political campaign period starts to pick up, Nabakooba sent a strong reminder to all politicians across all political parties.

“We all must actively get involved in preventing COVID-19. Let us therefore endeavor to stick by the guidance from the Electoral Commission and avoid crowds.”



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