After returning home from recent trips to the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia to attend Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy’s inauguration, three of President Museveni’s aides tested positive for Coronavirus.
President Museveni concluded a three-day working visit to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, where he met with the Emirate’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as well as a number of potential investors and members of the Uganda diaspora in the UAE.
Later, he traveled to Ethiopia for the swearing-in ceremony of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister.
Despite the fact that Museveni tested negative, three of his aides tested positive after returning from the UAE, according to Dr. Joseph Okia, the president’s personal doctor.
“Three presidential aides have tested positive for Covid following President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s recent return from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Addis Ababa. “This is despite our best efforts and measures, which include daily PCR testing and full vaccination,” tweeted Dr.Okia on Friday.
The three members of the president’s staff have been isolated and are receiving treatment, according to the president’s personal doctors.
While the president and other members of the traveling team have tested negative, Dr. Okia says another test will be conducted.
“This emphasizes how difficult it is to travel safely during the pandemic and the importance of testing all inbound and outbound travelers.”
Following the outbreak of the pandemic, President Museveni implemented strict measures to ensure that he and his entourage do not contract the disease.
As part of the measures, the president has prohibited frequent visits to the White House, and anyone wishing to meet with him or his staff must first be tested for Covid.
Staff at the State House, on the other hand, are not permitted to leave for fear of spreading the virus.
As a precaution, all employees, including the president, are subjected to routine and abrupt Covid tests.