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Just In: Health Ministry Introduces Shs 240,000 Per-Person Fee for Covid19 Testing

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The Ministry of Health has announced it will start charging money from Ugandans who wish to get tested for Covid19 at the various testing points.

Following a worrying spike in the number of Covid 19 cases and with more Ugandan both at individual and organizational level seeking to get tested, the Ministry says it has found itself running out of resources to continue offering free testing services.

As such, stating next week on September 1st Ministry of Health will start charging $65 which is about Shs 240,500 from everyone seeking voluntary testing for Covid19.

In a communique to various government agencies, the Ministry Permanent Secretary Geoffrey Seremba revealed that this decision was informed by the recent sharp increase in the cases due to community spread of the virus.

“The Ministry continues to receive requests from Organizations to have their staff tested, which it finds difficult to sustain due to inadequate in-country stock of test kits, resource constraints and the high cost of COVID- I 9 testing,” Seremba said.

The $65 charge being introduced, Seremba said is “a cost recovery mechanism that will enable the Ministry of Health to acquire more test kits for continued access to testing services in the country.”

The money he said can be paid in Stanbic Bank Uganda on account number 9030017657983.

The categories of people who will pay for the testing services include truck drivers at the different Points of Entry; Individuals seeking to know their COVID 19 status; Organizations (both Government and Private) that wish to test their staff for purposes of prevention; Ugandans returning from abroad. As well as visitors arriving into the country from other countries.

Seremba however, reassured that government will continue to offer free testing services to patients who present to health facilities with COVID-19 symptoms; contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID19; community surveys to establish the extent of spread of the virus, surveillance samples as well as front line Health workers.



Source – chimpreports.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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