MASINDI RESIDENTS SHUN HAND WASHING, RISK BEING PUT UNDER LOCKDOWN
BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA
MASINDI: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER, 14, 2021
Residents in Masindi district Bunyoro subregion Western Uganda have shunned hand washing which is contrary to the ministry of health guidelines in fight against the deadly corona virus pandemic.
Ministry of Uganda imposed the standard operating procedures including washing hands, keeping at least two social distance, wearing facemasks to contain the spread of the deadly corona virus, however, residents in Masindi have shunned some of them.
Public places including market, shops and others have washing facilities but without water, before, people were being forced to wash their hands before accessing the above areas, but now, they can freely access them.
John Baguma a town dweller says that people have forgotten the existence of corona virus pandemic masses which is alarming, adding that people need to be reminded since some countries have been hit by third wave.
“Our leaders have relaxed sensitizing the public, and that’s why most public places don’t have hand washing facilities, look at our market, and some shops, they don’t have water in their facilities, very few of them have sanitizers,” Baguma revealed.
He has asked the leaders to remember sensitizing the public on the dangers of the deadly corona virus since many people have lost their lives to the deadly pandemic.
Juliet Katusiime the market vendor says since lockdown was partially lifted, some people forgot observing the standard operating procedures, and she is blaming leaders for failing to sensitize the masses on the dangers of the deadly corona virus pandemic.
“Recently no one was allowed to access the market without washing hands, but now it’s free entrance, free exit, and this is risking lives of people. I bought a hand sanitizer to ensure I’m safe, I can’t risk losing my life,” she said.
Katusiime has also asked leaders to descended and sensitize the public on dangers of the deadly virus, noting that third wave has already hit other countries and people have lost their lives.
Wycliffe Byaruhanga the boda boda rider explains that he bought a hand sanitizer, and he doesn’t ferry people without wearing facemasks. He has asked the public to observe SOPs adding that live is precious, and has no spare.
“People have forgotten observing the SOPs, look at the market, and some shops, they think corona virus was defeated, but we are still in battle, many people have lost their lives to the virus, this is the time to tighten our belts in the fight against the virus,” he added.
Ronald Kyomuhendo the Mayor Masindi Municipality has asked the public to observe the standard operating procedures noting that corona virus is real and kills. “Third wave has claimed many lives in other countries, and we are also at risk if we don’t observe the SOPs,” he said.