How COVID-19 Triggered Creation Of Online Retailer Nofeka

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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 others to go online reminded him of the need to start now.

Nofeka, a digital retailer, according to a statement released, has expressed willingness to tussle it out with the present competition by offering better services.

“The major reason I have ventured into online retail, however, is to offer real convenience to shoppers in that they can place an order from where they are, continue going about their daily businesses and leave the rest to us,” said Kiyega, the CEO and founder of Nofeka.

“We will ensure the product is delivered in time with just a small delivery fee and the exact product as it appears online something that most online retailers still fail to do,” he added.

Nofeka's target is to hit 10,000 orders in the short term and 1 million orders a month with in the next 5 years.

Traffic on the new online retailer’s site www.nofeka.ug has already hit 500 viewers a day with their Facebook page having surpassed 3000 followers in under 2 weeks.

From groceries to toiletries, kitchenware, beverages, electronics and a variety of other products, Nofeka has its eyes on going full swing into online retail just like Alibaba, Amazon, eBay and Jumia locally.

Customers shopping on Nofeka can use MasterCard, PayPal to mobile money and cash on delivery.

The retailer also has plans to go continental changing the game of online shopping in Africa after consolidating it’s hold onto the Ugandan and East African market.

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Health Ministry Confirms No Coronavirus Patient Was Evacuated From Royal Plaza

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The Ministry of Health has said no suspected Coronavirus patient was evacuated from Royal Plaza, a building located downtown Kampala, contrary to false social media reports.

The senior Public Relations Officer at the health ministry Emmanuel Ainebyoona in a statement said that the Ministry of Health surveillance team received an alert from Royal Plaza of a lady suspected to have COVID-19 infection.

The alert was raised by workers at the premise who indicated that the lady had remained rocked in her room for about one week without coming out.

“Contrary to the various social media posts that have been circulating, the Ministry of Health would like to clarify that our teams used a vehicle and ambulance belonging to Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) to approach the said premises,” the ministry said.

Adding: “Upon reaching the said room, a lady occupant revealed that she was undergoing self-quarantine as any other person who has just returned from the flagged high-risk countries with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Ministry adds that the team’s assessment found out this lady had no signs and symptoms but recommended she completes her period of self-quarantine. They will continue monitoring her until when she gets a certificate of completing Self-quarantine.

“The Infectious Diseases Institute has since reiterated that it didn’t evacuate any suspected patient from downtown, Kampala. The Ministry of Health has not registered any case of COVID-19,” says the Ministry, urging Ugandans to remain vigilant and calm but refrain from spreading false rumours.

Prabhat Mishra, the General Manager at Crane Management Services Ltd, the managers of Royal Plaza said that there is no coronavirus case reported from properties managed by the company.

In a separate statement, Crane Management Services Limited, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group, that manages the building clarified that the social media reports are full of falsehood and relay a misconstrued set of facts."

"While the lady reported therein is a tenant in our property at Royal Plaza returned to the country from China a couple of weeks ago, she is duly observed the guidelines recommended by the ministry of health by subjecting herself to self-isolation.

"Since her return, she has never exhibited any signs or symptoms of the deadly coronavirus. We as the property management company for the Ruparelia Group of companies undertake all the relevant precautionary measure recommended by the ministry of health.

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