Following the president’s fresh Directives in the fight of COVID19 pandemic among them which included banning public transport for 14 days, decongestion of markets and a warning to traders against hiking prices of merchandise, the Ministry of Health has since confirmed 14 cases of the Virus in Uganda.
Kampala Capital City Authority (K.C.C.A) has issued directives to be followed by the people in the capital city in order to be able to fight Covid-19 together as a country.
Public transport was banned for 14 days, the affected public transport includes all taxis, coasters, buses, passenger trains, Tuk-Tuk and motorcycles ‘Boda Bodas’.
Private vehicles are allowed but with only a maximum of 3 people, trucks, delivery vans and pickups are allowed strictly for delivery of food and essential commodities. Ambulances, Security vehicles are allowed plus the institutional/Government vehicles subject to SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health are also allowed. Vehicles for sanitary services like garbage collection, cesspools are also allowed.
KCCA promised to Scale down the population of vendors trading in markets by allowing the only sale of essential commodities, accrediting Boda Bodas to deliver foodstuffs and working with companies to facilitate the online purchase of items.
KCCA informed the public that it has moved to start enforcement. All traders in both the retail and wholesale business that any trader that is discovered to have unreasonably and unlawfully hiked the price of any good whatsoever shall have the trading license permanently revoked pursuant to section 11(3) the Trade Licensing Act as amended by the Trade (Licensing) (Amendment) Act, 2015.
As a City, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has embraced a number of aggressive measures and interventions in a serious effort to protect its urbanite population of about 5 million people.
KCCA has set up Division Rapid Response Surveillance Teams including Doctors, Clinicians, Lab Technicians, and Surveillance Officers since the first case was announced. The major responsibility of this group in the current situation is to respond to alerts from the communities and carry outpatient assessments.
The Institution has dedicated 90% of its Call Center services to Covid19related emergencies.
The City has boosted its ambulance system and committed a response team across the 5 Divisions plus installment of handwashing and hygiene facilities in many public places like parks, markets, public buildings, arcades.
KCCA is coordinating with partners for supplies such as no-touch infrared thermos cans or thermometers to help in the screening process especially in public places.
The Institution has also engaged Village Health Teams (VHTs) and prepared them for identification of suspects and health education of the community.
Working with the Ministry of Health, KCCA has deployed film vans across the 5 City Divisions to sensitize the communities on the Dos and Don’ts on Corona Virus, all Schools and learning centers in the City were closed to avoid congestion effective 20th March 2020
KCCA has since 19th March 2020 been enforcing closure of all Bars, Discos, Clubs, Sports, Music shows, Cinema and Concerts. This includes bars located inside the hotels.
Only gazette markets are allowed to operate in the city and have issued them with standard operation procedures (SOP) developed by the Ministry of Health. All other Markets including open street markets, weekly markets, roadside markets among others were closed 19th.3.2020.
The KCCA law enforcement officers are enforcing compliance with the guidelines on religious gatherings which prohibits prayers in churches, mosque, open-air prayers and services on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays. It applauds religious leaders who have already issued statements stopping the services.
The institution is also working with its market’s management team in all City Markets to promote online shopping.
KCCA has scaled down some services including, suspended the Library and Information Services. All community outreach activities except those in public health have all been scaled down.
The institution heightened enforcement operations plus stopping external meetings and many are now online. It encouraged the public to reach them via online services.
KCCA promised to remain vigilant and called upon the city population to abide by the Ministry of Health Guidelines including proper washing of hands with water and soap.
It reminded the public, local council leaders within the city to respect the Directives and to report any person or entity violating the Directives to allow us take swift action, and in case of an emergence, KCCA set up a toll-free call center number 0800990000.