Minister Anwyar Undergoes Mandatory COVID-19 Testing As Gov’t Starts Distributing Face Masks

Minister Anwyar Undergoes Mandatory COVID-19 Testing As Gov’t Starts Distributing Face Masks

By Spy Uganda

The Minister of State for Environment  Beatrice Anwyar, who is also the Kitgum District Woman Member of Parliament, on Monday underwent the mandatory testing for COVID-19 which was decreed by government.

Government last week issued a directive that all senior public servants, especially cabinet ministers were to undergo compulsory COVID-19 testing after it was discovered that  some of them had been infected by the virus.

The move came after the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda announced that he had decided to go into self-isolation because some of his contacts had tested positive for COVID-19.

Minister Beatrice Anwyar undergoing COVID-19 testing at her office


Following the announcement,  government directed all public servants to prepare for and undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing and  among the first to be tested was Frank  Tumwebaze, the Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development.

We have learnt that several other ministers underwent the testing and although many of them were  too shy to let the public know, a few of the brave ones like Tumwebaze and Anwyar shared pictorial evidence of their testing.

Meanwhile,  as the number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda increase, the government is set to start distributing face masks to all Ugandans beginning Wednesday June 10th, 2020.

The revelation was made by President Yoweri Museveni during his National Heroes Day address, when he said that government would distribute masks to all Ugandans, including those who already have.

While commenting about the same, Judith Nabakooba, the Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and National Guidance, tweeted thus; “Distribution of masks will run concurrently with production because @GovUganda cannot wait until a large quantity is available. Assuming we make 1million masks per day and distribute them straight away, we will need 35 days to complete the production & distribution exercise.”

The President recently issued a directive to all Ugandans to wear face masks when in public as one of the measures of preventing the spread of COVID-19.    

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