A sigh of Relief as Ministry of health allows Ugandans without negative COVID-19 certificates into the country
Ugandan citizens who are stuck in foreign countries and want to return home do not need to attain a negative COVID-19 certificate before being allowed entry into the country.
The development follows complaints from the affected Ugandans who reported that they were unable to procure the tests since in some countries like United States, United Kingdom and South Africa, a COVID-19 test costs as much as USD 200.
According to Richard Mugahi the head of COVID-19 quarantine centres and also the assistant commissioner of health services at the ministry of health, they have decided to stop asking the returnees for the certificates after several Ugandans said they could not access them.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says 2,400 Ugandans have registered to return home, while over 170 have already returned from Turkey, Netherlands, Belgium, Sudan, Afghanistan and South Africa.
Jane Ruth Aceng the Minister of Health had announced during the COVID-19 status national brief last month that all Ugandans returning would have to undergo COVID-19 test to avoid spreading the disease.
However, Dr Mugahi says that since all returnees will not be able to avail a negative they will be testing all Ugandans who will arrive in the country.