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Gov’t avails transport to teachers, health workers in Mubende

Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng. File Photo

Mubende, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has provided vehicles to transport medical personnel, teachers, and learners in Mubende district.

The Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, said that the government deployed vehicles in line with the presidential directive that restricted the movement of public and private vehicles after Mubende and Kassanda districts were placed under a 21 days lockdown by President Museveni on Saturday.

Dr Aceng asked people not to use any other private vehicles apart from those deployed by the government.

The minister made the remarks on Tuesday while touring Kirwanyi in Madudu sub-county, Mubende district to establish how the authorities are implementing the presidential directives.

Dr. Aceng said all schools and health facilities in Mubende shall be given temperature guns as one of the mechanisms to detect signs of Ebola. She said that the temperature gadgets shall be used to check every learner, teacher, and worker at the respective schools as well as test the temperature of all patients and people accessing health centers.

Dr. Aceng cautioned the communities to desist from conducting burials before informing the authorities, saying that before any burial, everybody shall be tested for Ebola to save the community. She said that all the burials shall be conducted by the safe burial teams in the presence of all people.

She asked the residents to cooperate with the police and all the agencies to help in fighting the disease.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine observed that Madudu sub county has a high population of about 100,000 and that combined with other areas, it qualifies to be a health center III which is an upgrade from the current health center II.

She explained that the delay to upgrade Mududu to health center III was due to budget constraints which are being addressed.

On the complaint about insufficient beds, Dr. Atwine said that an assessment would be done by the ministry to provide the required number of beds. She also castigated people who elude security checks to cross from Kassanda to get taxis in Mityana insisting that the lockdown was instituted to save people from contracting the sickness.

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