Ugandan president directs military to oversee COVID-19 screening at int’l airport

Passengers arriving on international flights leave the international arrivals lobby after they have been screened and cleared for any symptoms of the novel coronavirus at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, on March 3, 2020. © 2020 Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday directed the military to take over the COVID-19 screening at the country’s Entebbe International Airport.

Speaking during a televised address, Museveni noted that the medical arm of the military should screen departing and arriving travelers at the airport.

The development came barely two weeks after the ministry of health suspended a private health facility from screening travelers over allegations of issuing fake COVID-19 results.

“The ministry of health, immigration services, port health, and other agencies of government should ensure compliance with the existing guidelines such as testing, isolation,” Museveni said.

The president also announced the easing of the 42-day lockdown measures following a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Private and public transport was resumed, but with a reminder to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures.

Public gatherings, schools, and places of worship remain closed, the president said.

As of Friday, Uganda had registered a total of 93,675 COVID-19 cases, 81,992 recoveries, and 2,661 deaths since the first case was confirmed in March 2020, the ministry of health reported.