By Mable Nakibuuka
There is high tension at the national broadcaster Uganda Broadcasting Services (UBC), after some of their staff tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday.
Maurice Mugisha, the deputy Managing Director UBC, made the shocking revelation on Wednesday morning when he tweeted thus; “We have confirmed COVID-19 cases at UBC. We’ll issue a statement later this morning.”
Indeed the organisation has since issued a statement about the matter, which reads in part thus;
“As you may already be aware, our beloved country Uganda has recently experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases with the majority reported in our capital city, Kampala.
As a socially responsible government agency that is not only passionate about the safety of our staff but also the health of the general public we serve, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) took a decision to conduct testing of all our staff for Covid-19.
UBC has ten (10) confirmed cases of Covid-19. The cases are from 332 samples that were taken on 21st August, 2020 from staff at our Kampala office for which results 160 samples have been received.
As part of our commitment towards the fight against Covid-19 and in line with efforts to prevent further spread, Management, together with the Ministry of Health have since embarked on the recommended health care management processes for all the affected persons and commenced contact tracing.
The Corporation would like to assure the general public that we are committed to playing our part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and we shall continue to serve the public whilst observing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that were put in place by the Ministry of Health.
We have learnt that all the infected people have been put under quarantine so as to undergo medical attention while officials from the Ministry of Health are hunting for all their contacts, among them family members, such that they can also be tested for COVID-19.
Sources at UBC have revealed to this website that several staff members have been sent home and only a few are allowed to go to the station to record programmes that are to be broadcast over a specific period of time and that many of the content airing currently is pre-recorded, as one of the measures to reduce the number of employees at the station.