KAMPALA – The UPDF and the Uganda Police Force have dispatched 240 medical personnel to support the Ministry of Health in the fight against coronavirus.
In a joint press conference addressed on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga and UPDF deputy spokesperson, Lt Col Deo Akiiki, said they have set up an Inter-Agency task force that will help the ministry in the evacuation exercise.
“We have put up a joint task force to deal with anyone who will be found in breach of the guidelines. We don’t expect to see any gatherings. We appeal to the public to pass any vital police information on our toll free line 0800 300100. You can reach us on 0713250391, 0714012734 and 0753997665. For evacuation purposes in case of a suspected COVID-19 patient, reach the Inter-Agency task force for help on 0772-831993, 0772-510522 or 0772354011,” Mr Enanga said.
“We shall also assist the Ministry of Health in the evacuation exercise, in that case you can also reach us on these lines 0772831993, 0772510522 and 0772354011. Otherwise you’re advised to report to the health ministry in case you see any suspected cases of COVID-19,” he added.
Lt Col Akiiki also warned officers in uniform that are not following President Museveni directives to prevent the spread of COVID 19. He has since asked Ugandans to report them using the numbers provided by the Inter-Agency task force.
The move comes after the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, confirmed five new cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 14.
Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, the Ag Director General Health Services, said the number of call centre agents have been increased from 20 to 100 and they will be working in shifts.
“So we encourage the public to call the ministry toll free numbers that have been provided. From this evening our capacity to receive calls has increased,” Dr Mwebesa said