By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Shortly after Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) confirmed that its six staff members have tested COVID-19 positive, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has also confirmed that 21 of its staff members have tested COVID-19 positive.
Ministry of Finance says in keeping to Government Guidelines on the management of COVID- 19 pandemic, it has over the period instituted strict institutional adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Health.
“To this end and over the five (5) month period, the Ministry has relatively been able to operate incident free and to minimize exposure by protecting both the staff and visitors” Ministry of Finance statement read.
Due to the continued reports of the rise in reported positive cases in close proximity and in areas where some of the staff may have been in contact, the Ministry took a decision to get all its staff undergo a screening process.
The exercise conducted by the Ministry of Health took place from August 26-28 2020 and the test results have indicated at least 21 positive cases.
Ministry adds that in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, they have contacted the affected staff and placed them under medical care and their immediate close contacts will be subjected to mandatory- isolation and quarantine in line with the Ministry of Finance safety procedures and Ministry of Health guidelines.
“Our officers and staff who were absent on the day of screening are hereby advised to stay at home until they undertake the COVID-19 tests.” statement read.