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Ugandan Teachers To Be Tested For COVID-19 Before Schools Reopen

A health worker dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a nasopharyngeal swab sample from a resident during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Halfway through Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyattas second term his pledge of transforming the economy through manufacturing, farming, health care and low-cost housing have been slow to show results, and the coronavirus pandemic could now reduce that to little more than an election promise. Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images

 

The Ugandan government is proposing to test all teachers for COVID-19 ahead of school reopening.

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Sources close to the National COVID-19 Taskforce, who requested for anonymity, told Daily Monitor yesterday that their proposal is to see all teachers tested before they report.

However, the Ministry of Education permanent secretary, Alex Kakooza, said while the proposal is ideal, it is not achievable.

“What would have been preferable is to test everyone. But the way we are at the moment as a country, we don’t have the capacity. It will be very expensive. Wherever there will be an absolute need, we shall take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our children, including testing those involved,”  Kakooza said.

The concerns were also raised in Parliament yesterday, with MPs demanding that government should guarantee that children will not contract COVID-19 when they report. They also asked who will meet the costs for testing, with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga saying she had received several complaints from the public about the high COVID-19 tests of UShs250,000.

Mr. Hassadu Kirabira, the Kampala representative of the National Private Educational Institutions Association (NPEIA), yesterday admitted that they had received information to test teachers but wondered how the cost will be met, especially that they have been in lockdown without a salary.

President Museveni, while updating the nation on COVID-19 on Sunday, reopened schools to final year students and places of worship but limited them to 70 worshippers. He also allowed outdoor sports activities as long as the players are quarantined in one area and tested after every two weeks for their COVID-19 status.

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