KAMPALA — Health authorities have sent home about 80 returnees including singer Eddy Kenzo from institutional quarantine.
The Ministry of Health says the group was discharged from quarantine after testing negative twice for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, Kenzo’s discharge was also pegged to the probe findings of the ministry on claims from whistleblowers that he had allegedly breached quarantine guidelines.
The whistleblowers claimed that Kenzo received visitors while undergoing institutional quarantine at Fairway Hotel in Kampala.
Quarantined persons are banned from having physical interactions with other people except for health officers and hotel workers. They are also not supposed to leave their rooms until they are given a discharge certificate upon completion of the quarantine period.
As a result, the health ministry have sent officials to review CCTV footage at the hotel to ascertain the claims.
Dr. Richard Mugahi, the National Coordinator for Quarantine Centres at the Ministry of Health, who led the team, says that Kenzo indeed received six visitors on the same day last week.
“However, his visitors saw him at the same time but they were all wearing face masks. They also stood at least 2 metres away from Kenzo who stood at his hotel room door,” says Mugahi.
Mugahi adds, “So we have exonerated Kenzo because he complied with the rest of the quarantine guidelines. As a result, Kenzo is now free to go home.
Meanwhile returnees are among the group of 78 who have been discharged today from quarantine. The rest were either discharged over the weekend or still undergoing quarantine where returnees tested positive for COVID-19.