COVID-19: Masindi residents shun hand washing

In the Photo: A woman washes her hands at a hand washing station on April 3, 2020 at a WFP food distribution, Madziwa Secondary School, Shamva district, Zimbabwe where new health and safety measures have been rolled out to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Photo: WFP/Tatenda Macheka

Following the relaxation of some Covid-19 restrictions in some parts of the country, majority of the residents of Masindi Town have turned away from washing their hands.

At the onset of Covid-19 pandemic in Uganda in March this year, with guidance from the Ministry of Health, President Yoweri Museveni made it mandatory for every household, business, private and government institutions to install either hand washing facilities or sanitizers at their premises.

This was to enable people wash their hands to guard against catching the disease.

A survey conducted by our reporter in Masindi today (Friday) indicates that majority of the institutions in town have either removed the hand washing facilities from their premises and the people manning them or the facilities do not contain any water.

The water facilities that were previously installed at the gates of Masindi central market and Masindi Taxi Park to enable market goers and passengers wash their hands before accessing the services have been removed and so are the people manning them.

This has left the users go without washing their hands although the guideline is yet to be eased.

Sources that preferred to remain anonymous to freely talk to our reporter said that they were tired of washing their hands having done it routinely for four months.

Some said that people no longer consider Covid-19 as a serious health problem despite Uganda having recorded its first Covid-19 death and continues to register more cases.

Asked why the people manning the hand washing facility and tasked to remind people to wash their hands were no longer at the market gates, the chairperson Masindi central market, Mr David Asiimwe, declined to comment.

Efforts to get a comment from the chairperson Masindi Taxi Park were futile by the time of this publication.


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