KAMPALA – The Minister of State for Economic Monitoring Molly Kamukama has denied reports making rounds on social media that her children who traveled from Canada last week fled institutional quarantine as the country battles the spread of the deadly novel Coronavirus.
An institutional quarantine is a restrictive measure used to curb the spread of the disease in the country and has been met with resistance and apprehension from a number of travellers, a situation that forced President Museveni to close the international airport and all borders.
Others included cancellation of all political, social, cultural and sporting events.
But reports indicated a number of people especially those close high ranking government officials reportedly fled quarantine centers that were opened to isolate Ugandan returning from high-risk destinations abroad.
Ms. Kamukama describing the reports as completely false said her kids are currently on Day 4 under institutional quarantine and that “I continue to implore all Ugandans to adhere to the guidelines as provided by His Excellency Yoweri Museveni and the Ministry of Health so that we can defeat this highly infectious Corona Virus.”
The threat of coronavirus – officially known as Covid-19 – is getting serious, as Uganda confirmed 14 cases, according to the Ministry of Health.
Kamukama’s full statement:
I take note of social media rumour that my children skipped mandatory quarantine after their return from Canada. This is completely false as my kids are currently on Day 4 under institutional quarantine. I continue to implore all Ugandans to adhere to the guidelines provided by His Excellency Yoweri Museveni and the Ministry of Health so that we can defeat this highly infectious Corona Virus. The most important amongst these is thoroughly washing hands regularly while also keeping a social distance of four meters.