COVID_19 impact on Mbarara affects the entire southwestern Uganda
Streets of Mbarara town and its outskirts remain almost empty as businesses remain closed following extension of the Covid-19 measures (lockdown & curfew) by President YK Museveni on Tuesday April 14, up to May 5, 2020.
Traders dealing in none food items and businesses including spare part shops, lodges,bars and the rest can testify how worried they are, some saying the impact of losses registered so far will stay even after the pandemic.
Mbarara town being southwestern Uganda’s urban centre and known nationally as second to Kampala, the standstill in business has definitely affected communities in districts around southwestern Uganda.
According to Lt Col. James Mwesigye the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), the closure of some businesses is paramount at this moment to limit movement of people and some goods.
“There is no shop that is selling food what sells food is called a supermarket then produce food stores. I have my store there are beans, posho has to sell away from that you have to close” says Mwesigye.
Curfew and Lockdown response.
The UPDF 2nd Division Public Relations Officer (PRO) Maj. Charles Kabona revealed that the operations are being jointly conducted by police and the army and the public is responding positively. He implored the general public to adhere to guidelines and report all negative elements in their places.
On medical services, Mbarara regional referral hospital director Dr Celestine Barigye confirmed that they are fully prepared and have set all measures to maintain a perfect relationship with the public in the fight against coronavirus.
Story by Aaron Ainomugisha https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3