Staff, 2022-11-22 00:59:04,
The Ugandan government has come under attack after a major marathon event organised by MTN at a time when the country closed its schools, placed the central districts of Mubende and Kassanda under restrictive movement and is monitoring and restricting travel out of the country as well as encouraging social distancing in a bid to fight the spread of Ebola.
Flagged off by the country’s Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, the Sunday morning marathon, which started at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala city centre, attracted over 22,000 runners after two years of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic-related lockdown and restrictions.
Two days earlier, while meeting journalists in Kampala, the Health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, had indicated that the government is considering restricting or blocking people from traveling for Christmas, noting that the movements will spread the disease and make it run out of control. She said people were reckless and the disease could bring the country to its knees in a matter of weeks.
Explaining the challenge Ebola is causing to the country, Dr Aceng said Kampala had been marked as a hotspot due to the high population density, congestion and movement, warning that once the disease hits the capital, it is likely to spread to neighbouring countries like Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan.
“I don’t want a lockdown, but Ebola can devastate a nation and bring it to its knees like the situation was in West Africa,” she…
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