Uganda’s National Security Council has set up an Inter-Agency Joint Task Force (JTF) at National and Regional levels to support the Ministry of Health in combating COVID-19 epidemic in Uganda.
The task force is led by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi.
The JTF comprises of Officers from the UPDF, Uganda Police Force (UPF), Uganda Prison Services (UPS), National Joint Intelligence Committee, Immigrations and Customs. Membership has also been extended to National Water and Sewerage Corporation, UMEME and KCCA.
At Operational level, the JTF is led by the Chief of Staff Land Forces, Maj General Leopold Kyanda and it is stationed at the Police Joint Operation Centre in Naguru. The JTF coordinates Agencies’ to the Ministry of Health.
UPDF and Police are attaching 240 medical personnel to support the Ministry of Health, 40 of who are already deployed at Entebbe Airport and Mulago Hospital.
The joint task force further monitors and ensures compliance on the measures issued by the President and Commander-In-Chief and the Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of Coronavirus.
Security forces have already deployed to ensure observance of; mandatory quarantine, Ministry of Health guidelines at non-agricultural workplaces and when using public transport.
The Forces are further ensuring compliance with the closure of; educational institutions, merry-making venues, monthly markets and national borders. And, banning of; religious gatherings, political or cultural gatherings, weeding gatherings of more than 10 people and mass funeral gatherings.
“The JTF appreciates the level of cooperation so far showed by majority of the people in Uganda in ensuring compliance with the safety measures issued to secure the country from the COVID 19 threat,” a joint statement issued on Wednesday reads.
The JTF further monitors the security situation to avert possible opportunistic criminal cases and ensures uninterrupted provision of vital services.
“We appeal to the Public to pass vital security related information and non-compliance cases to the nearest Police or UPDF establishments”.
The task force will also offer evacuation support to the Health Ministry for COVID-19 suspected cases.
The public can reach the JTF on 0800300100 (toll free), 0713 250391, 0753 997665 and 0714 012734 to report or inform authorities on suspected COVID 19 cases for immediate evacuation.