Hundreds of travelers are left stranded in major towns in northern Uganda following a 14-day ban on public transport by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
On Wednesday President Museveni announced the 14-day Government’s travel ban on public transport in order to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Several passengers from Kitgum, Adjumani, Elegu, Lamwo and Pader District aboard Knightliners Transporters; Homeland Holdings Company LTD, Roblyn, and Makome Buses enroute to Kampala had their journey cut short.
Dozens of passengers are also stranded at Elegu border post, Atiak, Pabo trading centre, Amuru, Anaka town council and in districts in Lango sub region.
Four buses from Lira district enroute to Kampala were last night intercepted and impounded at Corner Kamdini, leaving several passengers stranded. The buses include Baby Coach, Gagaga, Atin Paco and Comfort.
And following the ban on use of boda boda and commuter taxis, a number of residents were seen footing to and from Gulu central business district.
To implement the ban, Field Force Unit personnel backed by soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF raided different bus terminals and forcefully dispersed hundreds of passengers.
By press time, heavily armed police and the military were still patrolling the bus terminals that include Buganda Pub stage; Delta Stage and Juba Stage along Gulu – Kampala highway as wells as Gulu bus main park.
Government also banned the sale of nonfood items during this time in order to ensure that movement of people is limited.
The President says only persons dealing in food items will be left to operate.
However, a number of businesses in Gulu central business district, dealing in nonfood items, were still operating in defiant of the presidential directive.
Meanwhile, Agago LCV chairperson has become one of the first few people in the country to suffer the brunt for defying the presidential directive against public gatherings.
Leonard Ojok was last evening subjected to four strokes of the cane after he was found holding public gathering at Aloyi village in Patongo town Sub County.
The LC5 would have faced charges of negligence, which is likely to spread a disease contrary to section 141 of the penal code act.
At least four people have been quarantined in Agago district for coronavirus, a precautionary measure to safe guard against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
They include two from Kenya, one from Ethiopia and one from United Kingdom.
Ten others people including five Ugandans and five South Sudanese have been isolated in Gulu Town for defying the 14 days’ quarantine.
The COVID-19 Gulu Taskforce has designated Pearl Afrique Hotel in Gulu town as an emergency isolation center while the team is also inspecting National Teachers’ College Unyama and Sir Samuel Baker School to be considered as possible quarantine centers.
In another development, a number of traders are still unknowingly blowing polythene bags using their mouths to open yet it’s also another way that one can contract coronavirus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth and nose.
The Gulu case management focal point person for Coronavirus Dr. Paska Apiyo has since advised traders to desist from such practices.
Uganda has now registered 14 positive cases according to the latest reports from the Uganda Ministry of Health.
So far 422829 cases of corona virus have been confirmed worldwide meanwhile 18907 death has been registered.
Meanwhile, despite the presidential directive on hand washing as one of the preventive measures by Wednesday most markets in Bungatira Sub County were yet to put in place hand washing facilities at the entrance to the markets.
The Health Ministry, among its recommendation deemed safe for fighting the Coronavirus disease has advised locals to frequently wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizers.
Following a directive from the Ministry of health to inform authorities of the presence of any visitor from abroad in their neighborhood, Pader resident district commissioner Dusman Okee has said his phone is now overwhelmed with a number of calls informing him of the presence of aliens in their neighborhoods.
However RDC Okee warned the residents against discriminating foreigners in the wake of the outbreak of the disease.
Reports reaching Mega Fm also indicate that Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital is overwhelmed by the huge number of people seeking to test for the coronavirus disease-COVD-19.
The Hospital Director, Dr. Moses Muwanga, says that several people have shown up seeking to test ever since the Health Ministry asked people who have traveled in the recent weeks to test.
He says on Tuesday 300 people turned up and asked to be tested at the hospital, which has since been designated as a corona quarantine centers.
The hospital first measures body temperatures to eliminate those with a fever. It draws samples from suspects and dispatches them to Uganda Virus Research Institute for testing.