TEST EVERYONE: WITH COVID19 NO ONE SHOULD BE TAKEN AS A VERY IMPORTANT PERSON, COMMENDS DUBAI EXPO 2020 ORGANIZERS -MUSEVENI

By Goodluck Musinguzi

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni commended the government of the United Arab Emirates for testing him for Covid19 immediately he landed at the airport in Dubai to attend the Dubai Expo 2020.

“I want to thank you so much for testing all of us because in other places Very Important People are not tested. This is the correct line that I believe in”, Museveni said.

One of his Personal Doctors, Joseph Okia says testing all inbound and outbound travelers is a must. This comes after three aides that traveled with President Museveni to test positive of covid19.

“This highlights the continued difficulty of safe travel during the pandemic and the importance of testing all inbound and outbound travelers”, Okia said.

With many people relaxing after Covid19 infections were reduced in Uganda, the President’s Doctor found it necessary to alert the public.

Ministry of Health is being asked not to relax because the threat of Covid19 is real.

Dubai Expo 2020 is expected to be visited by 25 million visitors including many Ugandans in the next six months.

COVID19 POSITIVE: THREE PRESIDENTIAL AIDES WHO TRAVELLED WITH PRESIDENT MUSEVENI TO DUBAI WERE TAKEN TO ISOLATION

President Yoweri Museveni in Abu Dhabi

By Goodluck Musinguzi

The President of Uganda is going to be retested again after his foreign trip to Dubai and Ethiopia to ascertain his Covid19 status after three Presidential Aides tested positive.

One of the President’s Doctors, Joseph Okia announced the news regarding the precautions that will be taken to safeguard the head of state and those who work with him.

Following the President‘s recent return from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Addis Ababa, three presidential aides have tested positive for Covid19. This is despite best efforts and measures including daily PCR testing and full vaccination”, Dr. Okia said.

He said the staff have been isolated and are receiving care. The President and other members of the team tested negative and will be retested. This highlights the continued difficulty of safe travel during the pandemic and the importance of testing all inbound and outbound travelers.

President Museveni has mentioned before in his Presidential Addresses on Covid19 that some of the State House staff tested positive for Covid-19, during campaigns and after campaigns.

During campaigns, he was forced to take a test before traveling to Rukungiri District on his final campaign leg in Kigezi Sub-region.

“In State House, we have workers who have been found with Corona. There are workers in three categories. Those of the press and some household workers. I also asked to be tested because I did not want to bring Corona to Rukungiri,” the President said without mentioning the third category of staff affected.

He also did not specify the number of people who tested positive and neither did he speak about their condition nor where they were being treated from.

“I thank the people of Rukungiri for welcoming me like this though I have not come out of the vehicle to wave at you. I want to protect you from the diseases (Covid-19)” he said while addressing NRM leaders and flag bearers from Rukungiri and Kanungu districts.

It is not clear whether the staff who tested positive had traveled with the President to his country home of Rwakitura in Kiruhura District where he was on Sunday hosting Kigeze NRM youth. It is also not clear whether the Covid-19 positive cases among State House staff was the reason he met the youth leaders outside his home at Karo Primary School.

This is the third time the President is revealing that he got a Covid-19 scare only to test negative.

In August, during his nomination to run for the NRM national chairperson seat and also for party flag bearer, Mr. Museveni told the gathering at Plot 13 Kyadondo Road in Kampala that he had called in experts to test him for Covid-19 after his voice got irritated following constant wearing of a face mask.

Also in Kumi District during campaigns, Mr. Museveni said he had called experts to the State Lodge in Karamoja to take his Covid-19 samples after developing similar signs.

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