By Julius Luwemba
Added 5th July 2020 03:59 PM
All our efforts are geared towards putting in place the necessary health standards against COVID-19. But still, we cannot be ready alone. Other airports must be ready as well.
ENTEBBE – Fred Bamwesigye the acting director-general for Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has said the re-opening of Entebbe airport will be guided by the global health community and global aviation community.
“All our efforts are geared towards putting in place the necessary health standards against COVID-19. But still, we cannot be ready alone. Other airports must be ready as well,” noted Bamwesigye.
He made the remarks on Wednesday afternoon while receiving Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) worth sh8m donated by China Communication Construction Company (CCCC).
He lauded the Chinese for the donation, saying the equipment will help aviation staff receiving Ugandans who are currently being repatriated.
While handing over the equipment, Zheng Biao the CCCC deputy general manager said, cargo and passenger handlers at Entebbe airport are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and need to have enough protective gear.
“The virus does not respect borders. Around the world, with love and compassion, people have looked out for each other and united together as one,” stated Zheng before donating sanitizers, masks, soap, shields among others.
Meanwhile, Eng. Ayub Sooma the director airports and aviation security said the first phase of expansion and upgrade of Entebbe airport, is at its climax. “Apart from the terminal building, other works in regard to the airport expansion and upgrade, are at 90% completion,” noted Eng. Sooma.
Adopted from: The New Vision Tuesday July 28, 2020