MPs will under go compulsory screening for Covid-19 commencing Thursday.
The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga announced during Wednesday’s Plenary, saying that it will include MPs and staff of the house at the institution’s medical centre.
Kadaga took a hard position on government on the ongoing lock down by government in Tuesday’s Plenary which she demanded an evaluation.
She ordered the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to come up with an evaluation on the continued lock down which she claimed had outlived its use.
However, hardly a day when she called for the evaluation, Aruu MP Odonga Samuel Otto is reported to have shared a that a female member said to be Kiryandongo District Woman legislator, Hellen Kahunde had tested positive and been admitted at Mulago Hospital.
Parliament, however, vehemently came out to refute the claims and insisted they have information of any of their members tested positive.
The Communications department stated: “Parliament maintains that information relating to one’s status remains confidential issue until one chooses to reveal it. Additionally , if parliament were at risk ,it is the responsibility of the ministry of health to advise accordingly and to take the necessary measures , as has been the case with other incidents in the country.”
Kadaga returned to the house to announce: “I am glad to inform that they have completed screening the cabinet. Starting from tomorrow we shall start screening from here.”
She explained: “Starting from morning. We shall start with MPs and then staff and others in the afternoon.”
Kadaga stated: “Starting from tomorrow you can go and get tested at our medical centre. We shall have to cluster you since we don’t want to crowd here. The clerk will organise how you will get in.”
Uganda according to the ministry of health, is one of the three African countries that has not registered any Covid-19 death. The other two countries have a total case load of less than 400 patients.
The country has from results of Covid-19 tests done on 14 July 2020, confirmed 3 new cases. The cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to-date is 1,043.
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