COVID-19: Baby Rappers Fresh Kid & Felista Get Free Tablets To Study On Zoom

As the country recovers from COVID-19 pandemic, schools like Kampala Parents School are leading the way in providing their pupils' online classes using online platforms like Zoom. The school has also partnered with television stations to deliver lessons to their pupils. But while online education is proving to be a success especially in urban centres that have reliable internet connections, many parents have cited the lack of gadgets like mobile handsets and television as a hindrance. Some of the pupils who have been affected by the lack of gadgets to undertake online lessons are rappers Fresh Kid, real names Patrick…
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Landlords Start Issuing Covid-19 SOPs As Commercial Buildings Prepare Reopening

Crane Management Services (CMS), a Ruparelia Group property managing agency, has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to all tenants occupying all their buildings in Kampala. The move by Crane Management Services has come at a time when commercial properties owners in Kampala are pressurizing the government to allow them to reopen their buildings for business after 3 months of COVID-19 lockdown. Crane Management Services Managing Director, Rajiv Ruparelia, addressing a press conference on Friday said that they put at all their properties measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus like hand washing basins, temperature checks and ensure everyone wears a…
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COVID-19: Luxurious Speke Resort, Kabira Country Club Among Hotels To Quarantine Ugandan Returnees

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)…
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Institutional Focus On Family Could Be Solution To Global Problems

By Fred Kasirye The family is a seemingly an easy to understand concept, it is however an overstated term by both lay people and professionals in day to day life. It could basically be referred to as a group of individuals who share a legal or genetic bond, but for many people, family means much more, and even the simple idea of genetic bonds can be more complicated than it seems. In this unit of society, the husband and wife are bound legally together in a relationship often time born out of love compassion and commitment. Such a relationship is…
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Understanding The Cost Of Higher Education On Stakeholder Needs During COVID-19 Times

By Fred Kasirye & Bill Nkeeto According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Higher education is any postsecondary education form of learning that normally results into degrees, diplomas or certificates. Higher educational institutions include not only universities and colleges but also various professional schools that provide preparation in fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, accountancy and art. Higher education also includes teacher-training schools, junior colleges, and institutes of technology. Normally the basic entrance requirement for most higher-educational institutions is the completion of secondary education. Stakeholders in this sector are individuals or groups who have interest or concern for the institutions offering higher…
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Uganda Continues To Struggle With COVID-19 After 23 New Cases Are Confirmed

Uganda continues to be hit by the coronavirus after the ministry of health Monday morning confirmed twenty-three new COVID-19 cases from 2, 219 samples tested on Sunday, 22nd June 2020. Dr. Henry G. Mwebesa, director general health services, ministry of health Uganda in a statement revealed that five new cases were among 1, 308 samples tested from points of entry. Eighteen cases were among 911 samples of alerts and contacts. He noted that all confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda is now 797. A total of thirteen foreign truck drivers (8 Kenyans, 1 Burundian, 1…
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Sphere Supplies Imports Disinfectant Tunnels To Combat COVID-19

Ruparelia Group of Companies, through Sphere Supplies Ltd, have started importing specialized Disinfectant Tunnels, which can be used to sanitize over 500 people per day to help combat coronavirus. The computerized Disinfectant Tunnels, according to Sphere Supplies, can be installed at public premises like markets, hospitals, schools, arcades, malls, churches, office buildings and public car parks. The high tech equipment will go along way in helping people live with the coronavirus that has devastated and bruised humanity. About 500, 000 of the 7m people affected by coronavirus have died. While there has been no death in Uganda associated with coronavirus,…
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Health Worker, Truck Drivers Among 11 New Covid-19 Cases

The ministry of health has Sunday announced that it has recorded 11 new COVID-19 positive cases including a frontline health worker. Of the 11 new cases, 6 are truck drivers (2 from Elegu and 3 from Malaba), 1 frontline health worker and 4 cases are among contacts and alerts from Buikwe, Lira, Adjuman and Amuru. 33 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed back to their country origin. Uganda has so far recorded 240 recoveries. The ministry indicated that it has refocused its messaging and content to inform the population about the COVID-19. They are now focusing…
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COVID-19 Positive Cases Now At 686 After MoH Confirms 7 More Cases

The ministry if health confirms seven new COVID-19 cases from 2, 532 samples tested on 11th June 2020. Three new cases were among 1,310 samples tested from points of entry while four new cases were among 1, 164 samples of alerts and contact. All 58 samples of health workers tested negative for COVID-19. All confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed COVID-19 case in Uganda is now 686. Additionally, eighteen foreign truck drivers (8 Kenyans, 4 Tanzanian, 2 Congolese, 2 South Sudanese and 3 Eritreans) tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed over to their respective country of origin.
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How COVID-19 Triggered Creation Of Online Retailer Nofeka

The gruesome COVID-19 pandemic has shown that humans can sufficiently live a digital life facilitated by new technologies. With the right technology, you can basically access all the key services that you need through e-commerce and internet. In Uganda, developers like Daniel Kiyega are spearheading the transition from analogue to digital trading and shopping. Kiyega recently launched his online shopping platform called Nofeka with an ambition to transform online shopping. Kiyega, the founder and CEO of Nofeka, says he has been harbouring this plan since 2014 but the COVID-19 lockdown that has pushed many conventional businesses including banks, restaurants plus…
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#Action4Albinism: Pat Larubi Delivers Free Sunscreen To Persons With Albinism

A human rights activist and former journalist Pat Robert Larubi has taken on the road to deliver the much-needed sunscreen for people with albinism across the country on his motorbike. Pat who started off his ride from Jinja on Thursday went through Kayunga, Lugazi, Mukono and parts of Wakiso delivering his first batch of sunscreen. This was followed by another whole day ride from Kampala through Kole, parts of Omoro district and finally making it to Gulu district where he made his final stopover. “The lockdown came with a number of issues; one was the ban on public transport which…
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Uganda Confirms 84 New COVID-19 Cases To Push Total To 413 Cases

The COVID-19 story in Uganda is getting uglier at a time when Ugandans were hoping for the best following President Yoweri Museveni partial lifting of the lockdown. The ministry of health has Saturday night confirmed that they had registered 84 new COVID-19 cases. 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin. The total confirmed cases are now 413. Of the 84 recorded positive cases, 52 cases are truck drivers: 50 arrived from South Sudan via Elegu, while 2 arrived from Kenya via Busia. The other 32 cases are contacts to previously confirmed cases. All were…
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COVID-19: Speke Resort Adopts Social Distancing Strategy For Meetings

Hotels in Uganda are gearing up to return to full operations after two months of the countrywide lockdown caused by the COVID19 pandemic. But to be able to do this, the government has asked them to observe the laid standard operating procedures that protect staff members and customers against the virus. In response, Speke Resort and Conference Centre Munyonyo has come up with a strategy that shall see its clients meet at the luxurious conference centre while assured of their safety. The resort hotel famous for its top-notch conference facilities has laid out options for delegates at meetings to effectively…
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Guests To Wear Masks, Social Distance As Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Reopens

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort has swung its doors open for business following President Yoweri Museveni’s partial lifting of the lockdown caused by the menacing COVID19 pandemic. In his latest address to the nation regarding coronavirus (COVID 19) held on 18th May, President Museveni offered a number of measures to guide the country in the easing the two months lockdown. One such advisory was to let hotels and food restaurants to open for business as long as the clients observe social-distancing and other standard operating procedures like washing hands and sanitizing. And following that presidential guidance, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort and Speke Resort…
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COVID-19: Speke Apartments Based La Cabana Restaurant Reopens

La Cabana Restaurant, located at Speke Apartments Wampewo Avenue, has announced that it is now open after government partially lifted the COVID-19 lockdown this week. La Cabana Restaurant, which is part of the Speke Group of Hotels, announced that it has opened its doors and ready to serve guests with their rich Brazilian, Chinese, Indian and continental cuisines. “We have taken measures to ensure the safety of both our guests and staff. We can’t wait to see you again at La Cabana and looking forward to hosting you again soon,” Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, the proprietor of La Cabana Restaurant said.…
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COVID-19: Speke Group Of Hotels Start Opening Its Doors To Serve Guests

The hotel industry in Uganda and the larger tourism sector have been hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic and have courageously embraced the two months-long lockdown. With all means of transport grounded, borders closed and Entebbe Airport closed, President Yoweri Museveni on the advice of ministry of health closed many businesses including hotels as a measure to curb coronavirus. As the country rises from the ruins of the pandemic, many hotels are opening up for business. This week, Speke Group of Hotels, a chain of hotels owned by Ruparelia Group, announced that they are ready to open up some of…
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COVID -19: Prudential Uganda Commits Shs300m In Food Relief Aid

The attack by coronavirus, now famously known as COVID19, declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global pandemic, has left many Ugandans without basic needs like food and medical care. Government has intervened and provided food rations to the most affected residents in Kampala Metropolitan Area and surrounding areas. But due to constrained financial resources, the government called on the support of private companies and individuals. Many private companies and individuals have given to supplement to what government is doing, the latest being insurance services provider Prudential Uganda who on Monday revealed it had Shs300m towards food relief…
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COVID-19: Fresh Dairy Launches Free Home Delivery Services

Fresh Dairy, the leading dairy products producer in Uganda has today officially announced its free home delivery services dubbed ‘#Staysafe #Stayhealthy’ for both its Fresh Dairy and Brookside products. General Manager – Sales, Fresh Dairy – Joseph Awino said, ‘#Staysafe #Stayhealthy is a home delivery solution aimed at ensuring that consumers remain safe and healthy, while enjoying greater convenience and safe product transportation using our door to door motorbike delivery solution during the on-going global COVID-19 pandemic.’ Awino added that Fresh Dairy’s home delivery solution - ‘#Staysafe #Stayhealthy’ is free and available to all customers in Kampala and Greater Kampala…
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14 New COVID-19 Positive Cases Confirmed From Sunday Tests

The threat of coronavirus (COVID19) in Uganda is growing bigger and intimidating to get out of hand with the Ministry of Health recording new and higher number of cases each day. From the Sunday, May 24, tests which have been released Monday following a delay in the testing process indicated that the country has 14 new cases bringing the total number of cases to 212. Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said all these are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers who according to but “were under quarantine at the time of test.” 5 Tanzanian truck drivers were denied…
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Goldstar Policyholders To Get Prudential Life Insurance Cover

Goldstar Insurance Workman’s Compensation and Group Personal Accident policyholders will now be able to get life insurance cover from Prudential Uganda. The new insurance product called COVID19 Group Life Extension Insurance Cover covers groups of individuals of companies and organizations against devastating COViD19 pandemic. It is underwritten by Prudential. In the new partnership, Prudential shall offer cover against natural death to all Goldstar Workman’s Compensation and Group Personal Accident Policyholders against death due to natural causes. Goldstar Insurance said this cover is an extension of your existing Workman’s Compensation & Group Personal Accident policy with Goldstar to bridge the gap…
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People In Slums Finding It Had To Cope Up With Covid19 Pandemic Shocks

By Patrick Edema The government of Uganda has opted a range of strategies to manage the spread of COVID-19. However, as desirable as the strategies may seem, the urban poor are disproportionately negatively affected and the people in slums are a case of point. The president of Uganda introduced a food relief package to cushion the effects of lockdown especially in the districts of Kampala and Wakiso but the distribution of the relief package has been hampered by governance challenges. The situation, to a large extent, reflects the opposite of good governance. Good governance is about relationships and interactions between…
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Lockdown Uncertainty As Uganda Registers 21 New COVID-19 Positive Cases

Just a few hours before President Yoweri Museveni addresses the nation on the state of COVID-19 in Uganda, the ministry of health has announced that the country registered twenty-one (21) new COVID-19 positive cases from 1,071 samples that were tested from various points of entry on Sunday. The ministry in a statement issued Monday morning revealed that the 21 confirmed case are Ugandan nationals. The cases, all truck drivers, were captured at Elegu Point of Entry (17), Mutukula Point of Entry (3) and Malaba Point of Entry (1). All 253 community samples tested negative for COVID-19. The total number of…
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Worry As 24 New COVID-19 Cases Are Confirmed Among Truck Drivers

The truck driver continues to pose a coronavirus risk to Uganda after Uganda Saturday night announced that it had registered 24 new cases from 2,044 samples of truck drivers. "This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 227 in Uganda. All 554 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19," the minister of health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said. 3 Ugandan, 2 Kenyan cases were registered at Elegu border post while 6 Tanzanian, 1 Ugandan case were registered at Mutukula and 12 cases of Kenyans were registered at Malaba. Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine earlier in the…
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DEPRESSING: Coronavirus Cases In Uganda Now Standing At 203

Uganda’s health ministry Friday night announced that the country had registered 43 new COVID-19 cases from 1,838 samples of truck drivers taking the total numbers of coronavirus cases to 203. The ministry also revealed that all 720 community samples tested negative for COVID-19 meaning that all the day’s cases were imported from the neighbouring countries just like the case has been in the past days. Of the 43 new cases, 28 cases were registered at Uganda-South Sudan Elegu border post consisting of 15 Ugandans, 9 Kenyans and 4 Eritreans. At the Mutukula border (bordering with Tanzania), 6 cases of 5…
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COVID19: Gateway International, Ruparelia Foundation Give 4,000 Food Kits Worth Shs75m

Ruparelia Foundation together with Gateway Delta and Gateway Metroplex Ltd donated 4,000 food kits worth Shs75m to the needy. The food was received by government officials at the office of the Prime Minister. 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. The food is intended to support people who have been affected by ongoing COVID19 pandemic. Representatives of Gateway International and Ruparelia Foundation made the donation at the office of the Prime Minister in Kampala. Rajiv Ruparelia, a trustee at Ruparelia Foundation, said…
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Biopharmaceutical Firms Sanofi & GSK Attempt To Develop Covid-19 Vaccine

Every day, the world painfully grapples with the sickness that the coronavirus disease globally trending as COVID19 has bestowed on humanity. It’s an occurrence that has got the world wailing and fearful of what awaits them in the future breeds a rare taste of pain and naivety. It’s tough for many. The uncertainty of this disease has left many people and government worried as it has no cure or vaccine. This has left over 2.5m people being victimised. According to worldmeters, as of 22nd April 2020, over 2.5m cases had been registered globally with 1, 77, 234 deaths and 688,…
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COVID19: Fresh Dairy Donates Milk Powder Worth Shs500M

Fresh Dairy Friday donated milk powder worth Shs500m to the National Response Fund for Covid – 19, under the office of the Prime Minister. This was in a bid to ensure that the less privileged/ vulnerable as well as those in Quarantine in Uganda can maintain a healthy and nutritious diet during this period, which is aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. Marketing Manager Fresh Dairy – Vincent Omoth said the donation was their appreciation to the government for its efforts towards the containment of Covid-19 in Uganda. “As a company, we acknowledge that winning this fight requires mobilization…
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You Are Our Real Heroes, Dr Aceng Applauds Health Workers Fighting COVID-19

The minister of health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has described health workers on the frontline of fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as ‘our real heroes’ because ‘without you, we cannot get through this battle.’ The minister was speaking at an event in Entebbe where three COVID-19 patients who have successfully been treated and since tested negative for the disease were being discharged. “In a special way, I want to say a big thank you to the health workers who manage the COVID-19 suspected and confirmed cases. You are our real heroes. Without you, we cannot get through this battle. Thank…
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3 COVID-19 Patients Discharged After Testing Negative

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has Saturday afternoon discharged three (3) COVID-19 patients who have successfully been treated and since tested negative for the disease. The three patients have been discharged Saturday from Entebbe Grade B Hospital at an event presided over by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda. “The patients we are discharging today have spent 21 days in the hospital. It takes time for the viral load to go down,” Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister of health said. “In a special way, I want to say a big thank you to the health workers who manage the…
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Covid-19: Ruparelia Foundation Donates Two Pick-Ups To Task Force

Ruparelia Foundation, a charity arm of the Ruparelia Group has today, handed over 2 pick-up trucks to the Government of Uganda, to help in its response towards fighting Covid-19 in the country. Mr. Amit Sachdeva- the chief sales executive of Ruparelia Group and Bongo Ahmed who represented Ruparelia group chairman Sudhir Ruparelia and Group managing director Rajiv, handed over the vehicles to Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda at the President’s office in Kampala on Thursday, April 9, 2020. “On behalf of Ruparelia Foundation we are here to represent our Chairman Sudhir Ruparelia, Jyotsna Ruparelia, Sheena Ruparelia, Rajiv Ruparelia and the entire…
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