International Organization for Migration (IOM) Uganda has launched a project to support Uganda’s fight against COVID-19, by reinforcing disease surveillance and prevention at Entebbe airport and other points of entry (POEs).
The new project, worth USD 800,000, is funded by the Government of Denmark. On Tuesday, , IOM formally handed over an assortment of equipment and supplies to support Entebbe Airport as it prepares to reopen after nearly six months of COVID-19 lockdown.
Some of the equipment and supplies include stand-alone air conditioners, automated sanitizers, automatic Computerized Thermo scanner, automatic walk-through booth disinfector with temperature reading, infection prevention and control items (hand washing equipment, sanitizers, gloves etc), and personal protective equipment (infrared thermometers, masks, gloves). Other items are still being procured.
Acting Civil Aviation Authority Director General Fred Bamwesigye hailed the support of development partners, saying air travel remains the safest means of transport even in spite of COVID.
State Minister for transport Joy Kabatsi Kafura said Government had reached out to partners to support, and was happy that IOM had responded, with support of the Danish Government.