December 7, 2021

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Aceng eases Entebbe Covid-19 testing measures for passengers

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Health minister

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The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng on Tuesday informed the House that effective 05 November 2021, arriving passengers at Entebbe Airport will be allowed to go home after testing.

“Allow travellers to go home and self-isolate after sample collection until they receive their results,” Aceng noted. 

She said NITA-Uganda will develop a tracking system within two days to enable tracking of the on average five cases per day.

Travellers will be required to provide adequate information for easy traceability.

She said tourists registered with Uganda Tourism Board will not be affected by the system.

Upon arrival, they will be identified and allowed to proceed to their destinations and their results will be shared on their phones.

She has informed the house that the challenges will resolved as follows. 

“Results will no longer be given out manually but through an online system (email and whatsap messages and display on names on the screens. Results will be linked to passports or travelling documents. The wifi has been made available though it is still slow. Adequate charging sockets will be made available. Waiting area will be beefed up with more ushers.”

Hon. Macho Geofrey is concerned that Uganda has the highest cost of Covid-19 testing compared to other countries in the region.

He said that testing in other countries is cheap because they have not left testing in the hands of the private facilities.

Hon. Bahireira Tumwekwase Slyvia the Kamwenge Woman MP has requested the Ministry of Health to come in and regulate the amount of money charged by private entities for Covid-19 testing.

Hon Muhammed Nsereko has demanded the Ministry of Health to provide statistics of the number of imported cases since testing began.

He said that this will help to assess the relevance of mandatory testing since people come with PCR results from other countries.

Hon. Batuwa Timothy has asked the Minister of Health to explain the current restriction of people by organisations and companies from accessing their premises.

He said that such a directive is in bad faith because vaccines are not enough in the country as it stands.

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