240 UPDF, Police Medics Join Coronavirus Fight

240 Uganda Police Force- UPF, Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF have been assigned to work with the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

At a joint media briefing on Wednesday in Kampala, Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, UPDF deputy spokesperson, Lt Col Deo Akiiki and Land Forces spokesperson, Lt Col Henry Obbo, said the forces’ health workers will participate in treating the already infected persons, monitoring those in quarantine and evacuation of suspected patients.

Enanga said 40 of the 240 police and UPDF medical workers have already been dispatched to Entebbe Airport and Mulago hospital to back up their colleagues manning quarantine, isolation and treatment centres.

Uganda has so far confirmed 14 Covid-19 cases in the last four days.

Lt Col Akiiki, CP Enanga and Lt Col Obbo revealed that police, UPDF, prisons and Kampala Capital City Authorities –KCCA have formed a Joint Task Force commanded by Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi.

The trio said the JTF has been formed under the National Security Council adding that the team will operate at national and regional levels to support the ministry of health in combating Covid19 pandemic in Uganda.

Other agencies that have been brought on board include Umeme, National Water and Sewage Cooperation –NWSC, National Intelligence Committee –NIC and Immigrations and Customs department. 

UPDF is the lead security agency in operations against the fight of Covid-19. Although Lt Gen Mbadi has been appointed as the overall commander of the Joint Task Force, Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda will oversee the day to day field operations.

Lt Col Akiiki warned all those that will be found violating President Museveni’s last Wednesday directives that include the temporary closure of education institutions, suspension of all religious, political, wedding and cultural gatherings, banning discos, bars, music shows and concerts.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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