Following the government publication’s scoop about the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the country, transporters yesterday raised a red flag and urged travelers to be vigilant about the spread of the virus.
According to Link Bus public relations manager operating from the western route via Mubende confirmed Ebola case and worried that most of their employees are at risk since they do interface with hundreds of clients daily.
He further noted that they have put up a number of preventive measures for all the staff , passengers and the general public and committed to working with the government as well as the stake holders to stop the spread of Ebola.
Ebola is a viral disease transmitted mainly through contact with the fluids or blood of an infected person.
A number of transporters further cited out that they have either introduced, or were due to introduce preventive measures among them provision of Jik for cleaning the bus and handles as well as providing water and soap for passengers to wash their hands.
Across segments of public transport including at terminals and hospitals, proprietor reintroduce the use of hand sanitizers and gloves measures that had failed with the pandemic threat while others were loading with health officials for posters and overall messaging on preventing Ebola spread, replicating precautions to stem the transmissions the Covid-19.
Mr Mutasi Francis a special hire driver said they are now telling their clients to always wear masks and sanitize before boarding.
However according to Mr James Asiimwe a driver on Fort portal- Mbarara route he wasn’t aware of the virus outbreak but will demand his clients to effectively wear masks before entering the car.
In addition Mr Sam Asaba a taxi driver on the Masindi Fort portal route said they had further deployed temperature guns to find out passengers presenting with few fever.
Mr Kasekende Derick a taxi driver plying the kagadi-Mubende route remarked that most passengers were scared following the announcement of the outbreak of the disease.
In Kikuube district which is near where the suspected and confirmed cases have been registered officials held an extraordinarily meetings on ways of heightening surveillance and community sensitization.