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HOLIDAYS: Gov’t transports learners from districts under lockdown

Mini buses lined up to transport learners from Mubende district. URN photo

Mubende, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | More than 100 learners from schools in Mubende district were on Tuesday transported to their respective homes. Last week, the government announced a plan to transport learners to and from Mubende and Kassanda, for holidays when the term closes.

Mubende and Kassanda districts are under lockdown, which was imposed by President Museveni to contain the spread of Ebola virus disease, that has left more than 50 people dead and others hospitalized.

In Mubende, the learners were transported from various schools and converged at Kasenyi Secondary School from where they were subjected to temperature checks, and were required to sanitize and wear face masks before boarding vehicles to their respective districts.  They were also registered and briefed on the protocols while on the buses.

Mubende Resident District Commissioner, Rosemary Byabashaija said that 16 mini-buses were provided by UNICEF to transport the children from Mubende to other districts. Each mini-bus was carrying 20 learners.

Some of the learners were transported to Mityana town school in Mityana municipality, Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal City, and Booma Grounds in Hoima where they were picked by their parents.

According to Byabashaija, the government with support from Unicef has provided buses to transport the learners to their homes and also pick up those coming to Mubende.

Asaph Kabunga, the Education Officer for Mubende municipality said that all the schools recorded every learner for easy follow-up by the Ministry of Health.

According to Kabunga, more than 230 learners are expected to be transported from Mubende to other districts within the next two days.

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