Shs 700m spent on Museveni inauguration Covid-19 tests

Museveni Inauguration

More than Shs 700 million has been spent by the Health Ministry to carry out Covid-19 tests on nearly 5,000 guests invited for President Museveni’s inauguration for a sixth elective presidential term.

In power since 1986, Museveni is set to become Africa’s longest-serving president once he takes oath on May 12, at Kololo independence grounds in Kampala.

More than 4,500 guests were invited and for each of them, the Ministry of Health has spent $50 (Shs 108,000) for a PCR test.

Besides the guests, the ministry had to test
services providers, journalists, and security personnel among others attending the swearing-in ceremony.

The PCR tests were carried out two days prior to the event.  Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says extra precaution has been taken to ensure that ceremony does not turn into a mass spreader COVID-19.

Guests will not be allowed to handshake or hug anyone. On arrival, each guest will sanitize their hands before being led to their designated seats by ushers.

The only movement to be allowed will be to places of convenience or hand sanitization points. Delegates will be seated two meters apart and everyone will be expected to wear a facial mask at all times.

To further avoid cross-infection at the venue, Aceng said, all service providers have undergone a 14-day quarantine after testing. ” Service providers have been under quarantine for the last 14 days including testing to ensure no cross-infection occurs with our invited guest or even at the venue,” Dr. Aceng said.

Seven heads of states from Guinea, Zimbabwe, Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to attend the ceremony in person.

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