Uganda Wildlife Authority has informed its stakeholders and the public that as a precautionary measure, the management undertook mandatory testing for COVID-19 of the staff at the head office on September 5 and four tested positive.
According to the statement released by UWA, the head office will be closed from September 7 in order to disinfect the premises and the staff have been asked to work from home.
“We will reopen for essential staff on Tuesday September 8,” the statement reads in part.
The Communications Manager, Bashir Hangi, said the affected staff have been informed of their status and referred to the Ministry of Health for appropriate medical attention.
“Other staff that have been in contact with the positive cases have been identified and advised to go into self-isolation. They have further been advised to inform management quickly in case they develop symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19,” Said Hangi.
Hangi added that they are implementing the safety guidelines on combating the spread of the Coronavirus and they have trained their staff and provided them with appropriate gear to protect themselves and the visitors from possible infections.
“The safety of our staff and visitors is important to us and we shall continue to operate while exercising a high degree of caution to ensure the safety of persons is not compromised. As we welcome our visitors back into the protected areas, we continue to advise them to take precaution to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” he added.