The Ministry of Health has today, Friday, June 5, ordered all serving Ministers to convene at the Office of the Prime Minister for a mandatory testing for the Corona virus disease.
The development follows reports that a delegation of Health experts who visited Gulu district recently, reportedly infected staff at a local radio station where they had gone for a health talk show.
A text message has since yesterday been sent to each and every cabinet and state Minister in the wake of what happened in Gulu on Tuesday this week.
“Good evening Honourable Minister, I trusted that you had a successful State of the Nation Address. From Monday, 8th June 2020, it will be a requirement for all ministers attending cabinet to have tested for Coronavirus,” reads the text in bits. “Friday, 5th June 2020, the Ministry of Health will carry out tests for the cabinet. The venue will be the 6th floor of the office of the president,” the statement further reveals.
The Health officials say that, ministers are routinely travelling to different parts of the country and hence are highly vulnerable to the virus. “They have a lot of work to do. Their work involves traversing different parts of the country. So it is good to know their health status,” says a Health expert we contacted on Friday morning. “It’s a routine testing for members (Ministers) since we are working and meeting different people in the line of Duty,” Aceng reportedly said when contacted.
On the other side of the coin, our site has since learnt that Mr. Museveni is fearing what is ensuing in other countries like South Sudan where top government officials are reportedly diagnosed with the novel Corona virus disease which is said to be highly effective on the aged and elderly people like Museveni.