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COVID-19: Speke Resort Munyonyo, Other Five Star Hotels To Quarantine Repatriated Ugandans

Speke Group of Hotels' establishments Speke Apartments (80 rooms), Speke Resort Munyonyo (150 rooms) and Kabila Country Resort (80 rooms) all in Kampala, lead a pack of 14 high-end private hotels that will be used by the government as quarantine centres for repatriated Ugandans.

Other such hotels include Protea Hotel (100 rooms), Lake Victoria Hotel (100 rooms), Mowicribs Apartment (30 rooms), Imperial Botanical (80 rooms) and St. Stevens Suites (18 rooms) while Hilton Garden Inn (80 rooms), Mackinnon Suites (120 rooms), Ssanga Courts (60 rooms), Golden Tullip Hotel (60 rooms), Apartments Hotel (20 rooms) and Eureka Place Ntinda (60 rooms) are in Kampala.

Government has however revealed that the cost for quarantining in these private hotels will be met by the returnees.

Government has also provided three public facilities – Mulago Paramedical in Kampala (140 rooms), Fisheries Institute in Entebbe (50 rooms) and Lands and Survey in Entebbe (60 rooms) – for those who cannot afford private hotels. The cost of these three public facilities will be met by the government. Call Dr Richard on +256772563113 for reservation.  

Following cabinet recent approval to allow Ugandans who are stranded abroad due to the closure of Entebbe Airport and of the borders following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic to start returning home in a safe and orderly manner, the ministry of health released a list of hotels DESIGNATED as QUARANTINE CENTRES.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said through working with the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) developed standard procedures that will guide in arranging for the return of Ugandans stranded abroad.

  1. A citizen of Uganda or a legal resident intending to travel back to Uganda under the arrangement of returning stranded nationals (returnee) must register with the nearest Embassy /High Commission of Uganda, hereinafter referred to as the responsible Embassy/High Commission and provide the following information; 

a.) Ugandan Passport number, National ID or Residence/Work permit;

b.) Circumstances under which they got stranded abroad;

c.) Contact information of the next of kin in Uganda i.e. Telephone Number & LC 1 location;

d.) Evidence of hospitalization for those who are returning from medical treatment abroad. 

  1. The returnee must sign and deposit at the responsible Embassy/High Commission an undertaking to undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 done at his/her current area of residence and again on arrival in Uganda. A copy of the undertaking can be got from the responsible Embassy/High Commission; 
  1. The returnee should indicate to the responsible Embassy/High Commission their choice of quarantine facility in Uganda. The available choices include both public centres and private hotels. A list of the approved quarantine centres (public and private) is herewith attached. NB: Clients going to hotels are strongly advised to make reservations prior to traveling. Hotel check-in will only be permitted after making payments. 
  1. The returnee will sign and deposit with the responsible Embassy/High Commission, a commitment to undergo a minimum of 14 days quarantine in the facility which they will have chosen from the list providedand to fully comply with the National Guidelines for Quarantine in the Context of COVID-19 that are issued by the Ministry of Health of Uganda; 
  1. The returnees who opt to be quarantined in a private hotel will meet the cost of their own quarantine. 
  1. The returnees will be responsible for making their own reservations with the airlines. The Embassy may only assist with overall coordination of the exercise and will from time to time provide the necessary guidance on this matter. 
  1. The returnee will be required to present to the airline, proof of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 as part of the requirements for confirmation of their flight booking. The test must have been taken at least 10 days prior to the date of the planned flight to Uganda. The PCR test for COVID-19 must have been done by a health facility that is accredited by the host Governments. 
  1. While in transit, the returnee will be required to adhere to the host country Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for safe travel and the SOPs provided by the airline while on the plane. This may include wearing of a face mask and sanitizing as may be required. 
  1. Every individual traveler is advised to carry a spare mask(s) in case they need to replace the original one that they have. Used masks will only be disposed in a facility provided for that purpose; 
  1. The returnee will pay for the entire cost of their own travel up to arrival at a designated point of entry into Ugandai.e. Entebbe airport or a designated border point of entry; 
  1. On arrival in Uganda, the returnee will observe the social distancing standards established by the Government of Uganda at the airport or border point of entry and will comply fully with all port of entry safety requirements; 
  1. No relatives or friends will be allowed to meet or pick a returnee from the airport on arrival in Uganda. 
  1. The returnee will deposit their passport with the Immigration officers on arrival in Uganda. The passport will only be given back to the returnee after the end of the mandatory quarantine period& upon presentation to the immigration office of a certificate of release from quarantine issued by the Ministry of Health. The said certificate must additionally indicate a negative test result. 
  1. The Ministry of Health may continue to follow up on the health of the returnee after she/he has been released from quarantine. 
  1. Additional procedures to those listed above may be issued by Government of Uganda from time to time.

 

 

Speke Resort Munyonyo Hosts Cavendish University Scientific Graduation

As the World grapples with the unexpected COVID19 crisis, leaving many vulnerable to the insurmountable threat posed by the Coronavirus, Cavendish University Uganda staying true to its Student Centric values and in the interest of promoting Public Health, on Thursday celebrated the class of 2020 with a Scientific and Virtual Graduation Ceremony at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

A total of 809 students graduated and were awarded diplomas and degrees at the University’s 9th Graduation ceremony which was graced by the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and former Tanzania’s President Benjamin Mkapa, the University’s current Chancellor.

Because of the health guidelines provided by the government, public gatherings are prohibited but many are adopted what President Yoweri Museveni described as ‘scientific’ gathering – of fewer people and observing social distancing.

Speke Resort Munyonyo recently readjusted its conference facilities to meet the social distancing requirement in order to allow meetings such as Cavendish University graduation to take place. The ceremony was the first-ever virtual and ‘Scientific’ graduation ceremony in East Africa.

Graduands who managed to make it to Speke Resort Munyonyo maintained social distance from each other while others followed the proceeding on internet video conferencing platforms.  “This is virtual graduation, you stay home, connect to ZOOM, and when you hear and see your name being read. You have graduated,” the University told graduating students.

Kampala Parents Kicks Off Online Teaching Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

Kampala Parents School recently announced it will start delivering lessons online using the Zoom Application and true to its word, the Ruparelia Group-owned school Tuesday commenced the exercise.

The first beneficiaries of the exercise were the P5, P6 and P7 classes. Classes for Primary Three and Four will start on 29th May 2020; Top Class, Primary One and Two will start on 4th June 2020.

In an interview with CEO East Africa, Kampala Parents School proprietor Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia said that the school had procured 40 internet-connected computers. He said teachers had been trained to use the computers.

“Kampala Parents has always been a proud leader in innovating for our parents and learners. It is difficult to predict when Covid-19 restrictions will end, yet our children must continue being fed with knowledge,” he said.

Dr. Ruparelia said that parents will not incur any extra fees beyond the normal tuition structure. “Learners who had completed their term 1 fees will continue and finish the syllabus at no cost,”

“We also urge those who had not completed doing so, so that the learners may catch up,” he said adding that, beginning on the June 09th the school would open for online Term 2 online lessons, subject to the guidance by the Ministry of Education for learners in Primary Seven.

Because of the COVID19 pandemic, President Yoweri Museveni in March closed all school and learning institutions and have remained shut with no sure date of their reopening. This has meant that students and pupils are not learning. 

 

Kampala Parents Starts Online School For All Classes

The education sector has been hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic following the closure of schools and other centres of learning by governments in an attempt of stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

President Yoweri Museveni in March closed all school and learning institution and have remained shut with no sure of their reopening. This has meant that students and pupils are not learning.

Government through the ministry of education distributed self-study materials covering major classes and subjects countrywide. In the same spirit, the school created and distributed similar class worker to their pupils through social media platforms like WhatsApp.

Last month, Kampala Parents School, one of the leading primary schools in the country, introduced Learn At Home, a program that was televised on NTV and NBS Television targeting Primary Seven pupils in preparation for Primary Leaving Examinations.

The school has now announced that it will stop those televised programs and take the classes online using the ZOOM Application. Daphne Kato, the school’ Principal said learners will need to have access to the internet and gadgets like laptops, smartphones, iPads and computers.

The online lessons will run from Tuesday, 26th May 2020 for P5, P6 and P7 classes. Then Thursday, 29th May 2020 P3 and P4 classes will start getting their lessons. On Tuesday, 4th June 2020, classes of pre-primary (Middle and Top), P1 and P2 will start getting their lessons.

“COVID19 is still on the rise, so guard the children jealously and ensure they observe the presidential and ministry of health directives. we need them alive,” Kato said in a statement addressed to parents.

How To Use The Zoom App

Kato advised that parents, guardians, house helpers and elder siblings can help the pupils to operate the gadgets and have the Zoom app up and running. They can do this by downloading the Zoom app onto the gadget and sign up a Zoom account for logging in. The school will then share a link the in class WhatsApp group. the user can click on the link and follow the class.

"Assessment will be sent via the WhatsApp groups. Answers can be sent to teachers using his direct WhatsApp group, hand delivery to school gate with the child's full name and class or on the class email addresses that will be provided. 

COVID19: Sudhir Says Nepal Citizens In Safe Hands

The Honorary Consul of Nepal to Uganda Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has affirmed that Nepalese living in Uganda are safe and not in any danger as regards coronavirus disease (COVID19).

Sudhir recently made the reassurance in an online broadcast interview Nepalese journalist Kosh Raj Koirala. We feel that the Nepalese community in Uganda is safe, the Kampala based businessman told Koirala.

“Nepalese in Uganda are all in good hands. Employers in Uganda look after their employees. They have access to healthcare, accommodation and financial services,” Dr. Ruparelia said.

There are approximately over 300 Nepalese residing and working in Uganda and Dr. Ruparelia said in the interview that plans are underway to register all of them once the coronavirus pandemic ends for easy communication and knowing each other.

In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Ruparelia said the consulate which he leads sent out a circular asking Nepalese who wanted to be flown back to Nepal but no one showed interest to leave Uganda. Luckily, no Nepalese has been diagnosed with or exposed to coronavirus.

“There is no issue but if there is any such issue, we shall be able to solve it. We are ready to deal with any challenge,” Dr. Ruparelia told Koirala in the interviewed that conducted online.

Uganda has as of 05 March 2020 registered 97 coronavirus cases and of these, 55 recovered and were discharged from various government hospitals across the country. Fortunately, no one has died from the virus.

Dr. Ruparelia, who was in February appointed as the Honorary Consul of Nepal to Uganda, said he is working closely with Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) to ensure that he perfectly addresses the interests of Nepal and Uganda.   

He explained that during his tenure, he wants to promote bilateral trade and tourism between Uganda and Nepal. He has also set his eyes on cultural exchanges between the two countries and the appointment of a Ugandan representative to Nepal.

Gateway International, Ruparelia Foundation Collaborate To Donate To COVID-19 Fight

Ruparelia Foundation in conjunction with Gateway Delta and Gateway Metroplex Ltd, Thursday morning at the office of the Prime Minister in Kampala, donated 4,000 food kits that will be distributed to the needy as the fight against coronavirus disease (COVID19) continues.

Each of the 4,000 food kits contains 2 Kilos of posho, 1 Kilo of sugar, 1 Kilo of beans and detergent soap/1 bar of soap. It was valued at SHs75m. 

In a statement shared, Rajiv Ruparelia, a trustee of the Ruparelia Foundation, said Uganda is going through one of its most difficult periods since independence in 1962.

“We are fighting a disease that cannot be seen. In comparison to some countries in Europe and America and China which have recorded COVID-19 related deaths in their thousands, Uganda is lucky that not a single death has been recorded.”

“This does not mean that we should relax. If anything, we must continue to heed the directives of President Museveni and Dr. Ruth Acheng, the Minister of Health, if we are to come out of the crisis unscathed.”

“In this crisis, there are many people who have lost their jobs and are currently unable to support themselves. Once again, Ruparelia Foundation and Gateway Delta and Gateway Metroplex Limited, we are donating 4,000 food kits to be distributed to those in need.”

Previously, Ruparelia Foundation donated two Tata pick-ups to the national COVID19 Taskforce to aid the country’s efforts to fight the disease. Also, before that, the Foundation together with Cedri Babu Ndlima distributed relief food to residents in Kampala.

 

COVID19: Kampala Parents Executes Learn At Home TV Show To Help PLE Candidates

Kampala Parents School has lined up exciting & educative content for Primary Seven (P7) students who are now quarantined in their homes as the country joins the rest of the world in trying to defeat the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.

The school, through a televised show on NTV Uganda, on Monday through to Friday at 8 am to 9 am, conducts lessons covering the leading four subjects under the primary level curriculum and examined by Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB).

The TV how codenamed Learn At Home has teachers teaching Mathematics, Science, English language and Social Studies. The program’s efforts are to help P7 students prepare for the national Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).

Because of the disruptions caused by COVID19, the ministry of education doesn’t know when the country will be able to reopen schools that were directed to close their operations on 20th March 2020 by President Yoweri Museveni as a measure to protect learners from contracting the global virus.

This also means the education ministry and UNEB don’t know when it will conduct the PLE examinations – these usually take place end of November. The registration of P7 candidates which usually takes place in the first term (February – May) hasn’t happened either.

When schools reopen, they will have to deal with the registration of candidates as well as try to beat time to accomplish the academic syllabus.

Schools with resources like Kampala Parents are turning to traditional media and new technology to teach their candidates. The program on NTV Uganda and the use of social media platforms like Facebook Live and YouTube have been adopted by the school.

In a message to parents following the school’s closure, Daphine Kato, Kampala Parents’ School principal said they had given students sufficient work that will enable them to revise during the period they will be away from school.

“You are requested to provide the necessary guidance so that they can benefit from this revision,” Kato said in the letter to parents. “This period should not be taken as any other holiday where our children can visit relatives and or go to a place like leisure parks and other gatherings.

“We request that you restrict their movement apart from situations where it is inevitable. Strictly adhere to the guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of health.” Kato added.

 

Ruparelia Foundation Delivers Pledged Pick-Up Cars To Fight COVID19

The Prime Minister of Uganda Dr, Ruhakana Rugunda, Thursday received two New Tata Xenon pickups from Ruparelia Foundation to help the country efficiently deal with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which has put the country on tenterhooks.

The vehicles were delivered by Amit Sachdeva, the chief sales executive of Ruparelia Foundation and were received by Dr. Rugunda at the Prime Ministers offices in Kampala.

At the moment, Uganda has reported 35 cases of COVID-19 and are currently receiving treatment. The country’s leadership is doing all it can to prevent the spread of the virus and it continues to encourage citizens to observe the laid-out guidelines.

The private sector has joined is support the government by making donations of things that directly help government execute its mandate or donates relief items to people who are currently self-quarantining.

Last week, Ruparelia Foundation and Cedric Babu Ndlima, the aspiring Kampala Central Member of Parliament toured parishes in Kampala and gave out food and health kits. They also sensitized Kampalans giving them information about the virus.

Cultural institutions are also mobilizing to aid and complement government’s efforts to end coronavirus. The Kingdom of Uganda recently donated items like food, water worth Shs100m. More corporate organizations continue to give.

COVID-19: Prime Minister's Office Gets 2 Tata Pickups Donation From Ruparelia

The Prime Minister’s office will receive two New Tata Xenon XLT S.CAB 4X2 pickups from Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia’s Ruparelia Group as a donation towards the fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda will receive the vehicles that will play a significant role in enabling government fight of the virus. Uganda has so far registered 48COVID-19 cases and the affected persons are receiving treatment.

Last week, Ruparelia Foundation and Cedric Babu Ndlima, the aspiring Kampala Central Member of Parliament toured parishes in Kampala and gave out food and health kits. They also sensitized Kampalans giving them information about the virus.

Many private companies in the country are donating to the government efforts of securing Ugandans from the virus. This was re-echoed by President Yoweri Museveni’s call to leading businesses in the country to donate to the fight.

Ever since Uganda announced its first case of COVID-19, the president has announced numerous measures to curb the spread of the virus. Among the measure being implemented is the ban on public and private transport and a curfew. 

Cedric Babu, Ruparelia Foundation Deliver Food Supplies To Quarantining Kampala Suburbs

As the carnage of coronavirus disease (COVID19) continues to haunt Uganda, Ruparelia Foundation and aspiring Member of Parliament for Kampala Central Cedric Babu Ndlima delivered foodstuffs, healthy kits and sensitized residents in the parishes of Kagugube, Bukesa and Kisenyi in Kampala about the virus.

They delivered items like sugar, maize flour, beans & soap to help beneficiaries sanitize and fend off the rampaging coronavirus disease also trending as COVID19. The supplies are aimed at supporting residents as they self-quarantine to avoid contracting the deadly virus.

 

Speaking to residents in Bukesa, Sylvia Kizza said they have received 5500 bags with items that are now being distributed according to the needs of people in all the parishes of Kampala.

In some parishes, bags with supplies were given to local council one leaders to deliver to needy homesteads in their areas. Also, Dr Umar Ssenkubuge equipped these local leaders with the much-needed Coronavirus knowledge and skills of preventing it.

The tour by Ruparelia Foundation and Cedric Babu continues tomorrow with a tour of Kamwokya 2 at 9:30 am, Kamwokya 1 at 11:30 am and Kololo 1,2,3,&4 at 1:00pm.

 

Monday will see the team traverse Mengo (9:30 am), Old Kampala (11:30 am), Shauri Yako (1:00 pm) and Nakasero 1,2,3&4 (3:00 pm) before concluding the tour on Tuesday with a visit to Industrial Area (9:30 am) and Industrial Area Civic Center (11:00 am).

Jyotsna Ruparelia co-founder of Ruparelia Foundation says coronavirus does not discriminate against social class, religion or ethnicity. “It simply kills. This is the time when we all must know – right from kindergarten going school children to us right up to adults and grandparents,” she said.

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