The Minister of Information and Communications Technology Judith Nabakooba has banned press conferences after Uganda confirmed the first case of Corona Virus Disease (COVID -19).
Nabakooba said while information is very important in the fight against further spread of the disease, journalists will now have to get information through phone calls or individual interviews than gatherings.
She says while some media houses including correspondents for foreign media houses had last week asked their employees to work from home, they continue sneaking to offices and getting into contact with people who are at risk.
Last night a number of journalists attended a late-night press conference where it was announced that Uganda’s first COVID -19 case had traveled to Dubai four days for business reasons.
The 36-year-old has since been isolated at Entebbe Grade B hospital and is said to be stable according to Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng. All those that came on the plane with him have since been isolated.
The World Health Organisation Uganda Country Representative Dr Tegnen Woldermariam urged journalists to spread the message of hope since there’s widespread anxiety in the country provided that some people had escaped from isolation. Uganda is the latest country to report a case in East Africa after all the others announced outbreaks in the previous week. Rwanda has the highest number of positive cases in the region at 17 people.