One staff member of the Vision Group, the publishers of the New Vision and Bukedde newspapers has reportedly tested positive for Covid19.
“One of our staff working at the head office in Kampala tested positive over the weekend and the case is being handled together with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health,” Robert Kabushenga, the Group CEO said In a memo to all staff
He added: Management is tracking all the possible contacts at office and will collaborate with the medical workers to facilitate further tests. Those identified as having been in contact with the concerned staff will be required to stay at home and isolate for a period of 14 days.
Kabushenga explained that going forward the offices will be disinfected at regular intervals and all other staff who remain at work will be required to follow SOPs as directed by the Board of Directors.
“Access to our offices will be in accordance with the requirements of Ministry of Health. Any inconvenience that this may cause is highly regretted.”
In the other news, Works and Transport Minister Gen Katumba Wamala has told operators of public transport that the government could be forced to halt their operations if they fail to obey guidelines that were issued in March to control the spread of coronavirus.
The operators of public transport were told only to ensure that travellers wear facemasks and sanitise their hands before boarding public transport cars. Boda boda riders were instructed to register details of their passengers to enable health workers trace them in case the riders tested positive.
However, the guidelines are hardly followed by taxi and boda boda operators.
“Fellow Ugandans, it has come to my attention that some taxi operators and motorists are not obeying the COVID19 guidelines in place,” said Works and Transport Minister, Gen Katumba Wamala.
“With the increasing cases of community transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport,” he emphasised.
— Robert Kabushenga (@rkabushenga) August 17, 2020