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Uganda: Covid-19 – Government Sets Up 17 Isolation Centres

The Ministry of Health has gazetted 17 places to be used as isolation centres for those undergoing mandatory quarantine in a bid to combat the escalating coronavirus cases.

According to ministry officials, the places are located around Kampala city and Entebbe Municipality.

The places, according to the ministry, were identified after an assessment to guarantee everyone’s safety regardless of their social status.

Ms Robinah Nabbanja, the State minister of Health, yesterday said the isolation centres include hotels, university hostels and lodges.

She declined to name the places since their owners had expressed fear of losing customers.

“We wanted to name these places so that people who want to go for the quarantine can do that easily but the hotel owners said it would make other customers fear the places,” Ms Nabbanja said.

Daily Monitor has since established that one of the places that have been set aside for the mandatory quarantine is Douglas Villas Hostel in Makerere Kikoni, Kampala, which is keeping more than 90 coronavirus suspects for close monitoring.

Ms Angella Nyombi Tembo, the managing director of the hotel, confirmed that they have 91 Ugandans in their hostel but none of them has been found to be positive.

“There is a team of six doctors, who are attending to them. The Ministry of Health chose us because we have affordable rooms with bathroom and toilet facilities. We are also fenced off which makes it easy for police and the military to provide security,” she said.