“We will soon convene meetings with commanders and draw out a strategy on how to prevent the pandemic,” Gen. David Muhoozi said.
The Uganda People's Defense Forces say it is ready to enforce President Yoweri Museveni's directives on combatting coronavirus (COVID-19).
This was revealed by the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen. David Muhoozi, during the training of military personnel by officials from the ministry of health and the World Health Organisation on how to fight the pandemic.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you in fighting "COVID 19." Gen. Muhoozi remarked.
"We will soon convene meetings with commanders and draw out a strategy on how to prevent the pandemic," Gen. David Muhoozi said.
Muhoozi directed the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, to create an enforcement team to work with the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Issa Makumbi from the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre thanked Muhoozi for giving the ministry and his team an opportunity to train the soldiers about the disease as this will help equip the UPDF medics to further train other soldiers in other Units.
He asked the CDF to involve the soldiers in the fight against (COVID-19) by deploying them to work with the Ministry of Health in manning the border points and other routes that may bring in foreigners illegally to stop people coming in with the Virus.
On Thursday, Museveni made several pronouncements in a bid to protect Uganda against the spread of COVID-19. He said wedding ceremonies that gather lots of people should be banned while burials and funerals should be attended by a few close relatives.
The President said no more congregating in markets while discos, dances, bars, sports, music shows, cinemas, and concerts are banned.
Uganda has not yet registered any positive case of COVID-19.