Police Restricts Access To Stations, Cells Due to COVID19 Surge

Afande Patrick Onyango


KAMPALA, Uganda|SHIFTMEDIA| Hours after Kawempe Police Station in Kampala was closed after suspects tested positive for COVID19, the force has embarked on sensitizing its own regard safety measures.

The training of the officers follows reports of increase of Covid-19 in detention centers that are always crowded with minimal social distancing

Kampala Metropolitan Spokesman SP Patrick Onyango said Kawempe was closed after male juvenile aged 15 years arrested for reportedly defiling a three-year-old girl tested positive for Covid-19.

The Juvenile, names with-held who was taken to Naguru Remand Home tested positive after authorities at the Remand Home demanded that he gets a Covid-19 test certificate before he is admitted at the facility. Once tests were carried out, he was found positive prompting Police to temporarily close Kawempe Police station where he was detained earlier. All Police officers and suspects have been subsequently quarantined.

According to Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, congestion in police cells is a big threat to the fight against the pandemic but the force is working hard to ensure the safety of all suspects in detention.

Onyango told the press that the police is taking necessary steps to ensure that Covid-19 control measures are put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Our directorate of medical services has provided us with Personal Protective Equipment. They have provided all police stations and cells with sanitisers, water tanks among others,” he said.

Some of the preventive measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus at different police stations include; suspension of visits in all remand homes, limiting access to police stations among others.

Onyango said Kawempe Police station and barracks are closed for disinfection. “At the moment, we are not registering new cases at the station but attending to emergencies only. We appeal to members of the public who want Police services or have cases to register to go to the nearest Police Station within their localities or any Police station under Kawempe,” said Onyango.

Uganda’s confirmed cases are now at 4,291 with 1,876 recoveries and 48 deaths since March when the first case of Coronavirus was confirmed in Uganda.

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