Ugandan Prez directs military to oversee Covid screening at airport

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has directed the military to take over Covid-19 screening at the country’s Entebbe International Airport.

Museveni said in a televised address that the medical arm of the military should screen departing and arriving travellers at the airport, reports Xinhua news agency.

The development came barely two weeks after the ministry of health suspended a private health facility from screening travellers over allegations of issuing fake Covid-19 results.

“The Ministry of Health, immigration services, port health and other agencies of government should ensure compliance with the existing guidelines such as testing, isolation,” Museveni said.

The President also announced the easing of the 42-day lockdown measures following a drop in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Private and public transport was resumed, but with a reminder to adhere to Covid-19 prevention measures.

Public gatherings, schools and places of worship remain closed, the President added.

Uganda has registered a total of 93,675 Covid-19 cases, 81,992 recoveries and 2,661 deaths since the first case was confirmed in March 2020, according to the Ministry of Health.