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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AfDB Approves $2m For WHO-led Measures To Curb COVID-19 In Africa

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Tuesday approved $2 million in emergency assistance for the World Health Organization (WHO) to reinforce its capacity to help African countries contain the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impacts. The grant, which is in response to an international appeal by the WHO, will be used by the world body to equip Regional Member Countries to prevent, rapidly detect, investigate, contain and manage detected cases of COVID-19. It is one part of several Bank interventions to help member countries address the pandemic which, while slow to arrive in Africa, is spreading…
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Prudential To Cover COVID-19 Expenses For Its Customers

Insurance firm Prudential has announced a cash pay-out to its customers, should they unfortunately be diagnosed with Covid-19. The firm said the pay-out is intended to help victim’s family manage expenses while they are in recovery. In addition, if a customer is admitted to a hospital with Covid-19, Prudential will provide a daily allowance at no extra cost to the client. Covid -19 is impacting everyone and all aspects of our lives, said Arjun Mallik, Managing Director, Prudential East Africa. ‘In times of uncertainty, it is important that an insurer deliver on its promises. For nearly two centuries, Prudential has…
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PICTORIAL: 5,000 Kampala Vulnerable Families Get COVID-19 Relief Aid

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has put many people, especially the poor, into an enviable position as the country slowly but systematically locks down. Many families in Kampala live under what is famously known as hand to mouth and with the restriction enforced on movement and work as a means of curtailing the spread of the virus, many families are struggling to feed. In the spirit of giving and sharing, Ruparelia Foundation and Cedric Babu Ndlima, who is eying the Kampala Central MP seat organized a three-day tour of Kampala suburbs and delivered relief items like food, health kits to…
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NGO Wants Govt To Offer Special Allowances, Insurance To Professionals On COVID19 Frontline

Uganda’s battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) gets more tasking each day as new cases are discovered by the ministry of health and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). As of midday Tueday, Uganda had a total number of 33 COVID-19 cases undergoing treatment and no death recorded. At the centre of this battle are medical personnel like doctors and nurses, people in security agencies and journalists who ensure that the masses continue to be updated of the latest developments. These people risk contracting the disease while on duty. And for that matter, Centre for Budget and Tax Policy (CBTP) has suggested…
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Ruparelia Foundation, Cedric Babu To Carry Out Citywide Coronavirus Sensitization Tour

As the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to rise in Uganda, the need for the wanainchi to access all information there is to know about the strange diseases also increases. In the same spirit, Kampala Central constituency aspiring Member of Parliament Cedric Babu Ndlima has teamed with Ruparelia Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ruparelia Group to tour parishes in Kampala and extend their love and support to these communities in these trying time of coronavirus. The parishes to be visited during the tour which commences Saturday 28th March 2020 include Kamwokya, Mengo, Kagugube, Bukesa, Nakivubo, Shauriyako, Industrial Area,…
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COVID19 Forcing Hotel Owners To Close Businesses, Sudhir Shuts Down Speke Resort, Commonwealth Resort

Ruparelia Group which runs the Speke Group of Hotels is taking no chances on the safety of its employees and customers amidst a glaring global deadly pandemic, the coronavirus disease, trending as COVID-19. The chairman of Ruparelia Group Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has in an interview with CEO East Africa Magazine revealed that he will be closing down Speke Resort and Conference Centre and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort on Friday and then Forest Cottages in Naguru and Dolphin Suites in Bugolobi. "It is really bad. We have decided to close Speke Resort and the Commonwealth Resort. We will reopen once corona issue…
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Public Transport Banned In Effort To Contain Coronavirus In Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni has headed to the advice that Uganda should ban uncontrolled movement of people in the country using public transport means as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus disease also known as COVID19. This means that life continues to get harder each day for Ugandans as the country continues with the efforts of combating the coronavirus disease which has ravaged the entire globe. A few hours after the ministry of health announced that the country had registered five new COVID19 cases, President Yoweri Museveni in the latest address to Uganda banned the use of all public…
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KISU Tips Parents On How To Help Children Manage The Stress Of COVID-19

While the world struggles to contain the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which has claimed over 10, 000 lives globally, parents and guardians need to be aware of the traumatic impact the killer virus is having on their children. The pandemic caused by the coronavirus has left thousands of parents and siblings bedridden or dead. Children are witnessing so much pain, anguish and death that it is inevitable for them to be left stressed and traumatic. And because places where they can get professional psychological help like schools, health facilities have been forced to close, parents have to deal with ensuring that…
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Uganda’s Health Ministry Announces 8 New Coronavirus Cases

The Ministry of Health has announced that Uganda has registered eight (8) new coronavirus (COVID19) cases, taking the total tally of cases in the country to nine (9). Uganda announced it's first case Saturday night. “All the 8 cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE.; 2 on the 20/03/2020 & 6 on the 22/03/2020 aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights,” the minister for health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said at a midnight press conference. The minister revealed that to date, a total of 2,661 travellers including Ugandans identified as potential risk have been either under self-quarantine…
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Uganda Announces First Coronavirus Case, A 36-Year-Old Ugandan Male

Uganda’s minister for health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has announced at a press conference held late-night Saturday (Sunday morning) that a male traveller returning into the country tested positive for COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus. The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that Uganda has confirmed her first case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Dr. Aceng said in a statement she read to members of the press. “The confirmed case is a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai today, Saturday 21st March 2020 aboard Ethiopian Airlines at 2:00 am. During the screening process at the airport,…
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Health Ministry Confirms No Coronavirus Patient Was Evacuated From Royal Plaza

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,…
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Always, Pampers Maker Procter & Gamble Vows To Expand Investment In Uganda

Procter & Gamble (P & G) President for Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa (AMA), Suranjan Magesvaran met with Hon Minister Esther Mbayo at the Statehouse in Kampala last week. This was in re-affirmation of Procter & Gamble’s time and expanded investments in Uganda. Some of P & G’s products in Uganda are Ariel, Always, Gilette, Pampers and Vicks among others. The Procter & Gamble Company, founded in 1837 by William Procter and James Gamble, is an American multinational consumer goods corporation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
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Hospitals, Schools Get 3,200 Litres Of Milk Fresh Dairy Donation

Fresh Dairy has donated over 3,200 litres of milk in total to four (4) less privileged communities to include: Uganda Burns and Plastic Surgery Institute – Kiruddu Mulago hospital, Bless a Child Foundation, Butabika hospital and Ntinda School for the Deaf. This was in a bid to give back to the communities in which Fresh Dairy operates, while helping to boost the health and nutrition of the recipients who are in dare need of it. Marketing Manager, Brookside Limited, the producers of Fresh Dairy products - Vincent Omoth said, ‘As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, Fresh Dairy believes in…
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Uganda Budgets Shs25bn To Fight Coronavirus, Sets Up Inter-Ministerial Committee

The government of Uganda has set up an inter-ministerial committee under the leadership of the prime minister to oversee the coordination of the preparedness activities against the spread of the coronavirus (2019-nCov) that has killed close to 500 people globally. The minister for health Dr JaneRuth Aceng who pronounced the establishment of the inter-ministerial committee also said that her ministry has ‘developed a preparedness plan costed at Shs25bn for handling the threat of the epidemic.’ She said that Uganda has intensified its vigilance to quickly identify any suspected cases of coronavirus by enhancing the surveillance and reporting systems. A screening…
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Hospitals Have Failed To Attract Medical Staff, Says PS Ministry Of Health

The Permanent Secretary (PS) of Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine, has said that they are struggling to attract qualified medical staff in medical facilities spread across the country despite persistent advertising and call for applications from suited Ugandans. Dr. Atwine, speaking to Business Focus in an exclusive interview, explained that this unattractiveness has led to understaffing at the ministry headquarters and other hospitals and that it remains a big challenge. She said this understaffing is hampering service delivery at the ministry and health centers. "In addition, underfunding of the ministry has also proved a big challenge with some facilities…
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