KAMPALA – The Inspector General of Police (IGP) JM Okoth-Ochola has issued instructions to all Police officers in Uganda following the establishment of COVID-19 case at Masindi Police Station.
The case that happens to be a police CID Detective aged about 29years was established on Friday.
Ochola noted that all police officers must wear face masks at all times while on duty without excuse.
“Failure to do this shall lead to arrest and prosecution,” he said.
In addition, no officer shall be found carrying a passenger, a suspect or a colleague on a motorcycle while on or off duty. Over loading police vehicles too is prohibited.
According to Ochola, all officers in charge of Barracks administration are tasked with improving the Barracks environment to promote personal hygiene and good sanitation.
“In Masindi District, the medical Surveillance team which is part of the District COVID 19 task force will continue engaging the police families in geographical quarantine and counsel them so as prevent stigm,” reads an excerpt.
He added that the team shall also enforce hand washing in the barracks and police station.
Community Health outreach and Community Liaison Officers shall continue sensitizing the communities to follow the guidelines as directed by Ministry of Health Ochola said.
He revealed that all 17 suspects that were held at Masindi Police station have been released on police bond and put under institutional quarantine by the Ministry Of Health.
“A new team has been constituted to ensure service delivery at Masindi Police station headed by; ASP Imukose Stephen (DPC), ASP Ekwang Job(OC Station), ASP Muhumuza Patrick (OC Operation), D/AIP Adong Rose (CID), D/AIP Ogwang Kenneth(CI), AIP Isoke Francis (CLO), and CPL Basima Charles (OC Traffic),” he noted.
Ochola thanked members of the public for the continued cooperation especially during quarantine and compliance with curfew time.
“Further more, the Public is encouraged to remain calm and desist from practices that could encourage the spread of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19),” he said.