The government through ministry health has spent over Shs700 million to test guests for Covid-19 as President Museveni takes oath for a sixth elective term in office.
This was after a ministry’s directive that subjects all guests at the ceremony to undergo a mandatory test for covid-19 part of the required standard operating procedures.
Accordingly, each PCR test costs close to Shs180,000 and over 4,000 guests were invited to attend the ongoing inauguration ceremony.
According to the information at the ministry, those who were tested include services providers, journalists and security personnel among others.
The Minister for Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says only guests who tested negative for the virus have been allowed at the venue.
She explained that guests who have not received their results will do so at the entrance of the venue.
“We will have over 4,000 people here in a way that adheres to the guidelines and statutory instruments. Everyone coming here has been tested. We are expecting that at the entrance apart from those people having their own results, results will also be provided so that as you come in, you’re ticked off against your name. If you’re negative, you’ll be allowed in but if you’re positive and you were not aware we shall also guide you,” Minister Aceng explains.