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Kampala, Feb. 6, 2019 (Xinhua/NNN) As the new school term starts in Uganda, the UN refugee agency on Wednesday warned that thousands of refugees are missing out on education as a result of shortage of funding.

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UN says thousands of refugees in Uganda missing out on education

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Kampala, Feb. 6, 2019 (Xinhua/NNN) As the new school term starts in Uganda, the UN refugee agency on Wednesday warned that thousands of refugees are missing out on education as a result of shortage of funding.

Joel Boutroue, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative, said only 60 per cent of refugee children could access primary school education and the classes are overcrowded with one teacher attending to more than 100 children.

Boutroue said only 12 per cent of the children, who complete the primary level can access secondary education because the others do not have the necessary resources.

“In spite of the efforts of many actors, we are falling very short of obtaining minimum standards that would be adequate to have quality education,” he said.

He said the children, who drop out because they cannot access secondary education have created a set of problems, noting that they have ended up being idle and engage in risky behaviours.

“We had a very sad example a few days ago of a young lady, head of a household with two children, who committed suicide when she heard that her sponsor could not continue to sponsor her for secondary school.

“That is one example of many desperate situations,” Boutroue said.

“If we don’t redouble our efforts this year, we will face an increasingly delicate, if not a desperate, situation when it comes to the refugees themselves and also the host communities,” he added.

Boutroue said the refugee response plan for Uganda this year requires one billion dollars to be able to continue delivering assistance.

Out of the one billion dollars, UNHCR and the partners it finances need about 450 million dollars. The other partners need 550 million dollars.

Although UNHCR and the partners it finances need 450 million dollars, only 130 million dollars has so far been budgeted.

The 130 million dollars is much lower than last year’s 200 million dollars.

Uganda, according to UNHCR figures, hosts about 1.2 million refugees, the highest number of refugees in the country’s history.

Majority of the refugees are from South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. (Xinhua/NNN)
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Uganda adds 18 COVID-19 cases, total now 507

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Uganda on Wednesday reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of infections in the country to 507, the country’s ministry of health said.

Of the 1,086 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities on Tuesday, six Ugandan cross-border cargo truck drivers and 12 contacts tested positive for the virus, according to a statement from the ministry.

It also said that 21 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 have been returned to their countries of origin.

The statement said three patients have been discharged from the northern Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, taking the total number of recoveries to 82.

Uganda has not registered any deaths related to COVID-19, according to the ministry’s statement.

(XINHUA)

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Uganda to evacuate over 2,400 nationals abroad amid pandemic

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Uganda plans to evacuate over 2,400 nationals stranded in 66 countries abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa said here on Tuesday.

The Ugandan government is in consultations with the United Nations (UN), airline companies and countries involved, to make the final evacuation plans, he said.

Airport and border closures amid the pandemic, which have been in effect since March 22, have caused troubles for Ugandans to return home.

Kutesa said that each returning citizen will be tested for the virus and only those who are negative will be allowed to return home. On arrival, they will undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantined and will be tested before being released to the communities.

The government has talked to airlines such as Ethiopian Airlines, since the company can arrange to pick up Ugandans from different locations and gather them to a more central place, from where special flights can be arranged to bring them back home, said Kutesa.

He added that discussions have also been held with the UN, asking the agency to consider placing stranded Ugandans on its humanitarian flights across Africa.

He noted that the United Arab Emirates has agreed to arrange at least three flights to bring back home the migrant workers stranded in the Arab country.

“Fortunately, many of these migrant workers already have air tickets which were provided by their former employers,” he said.

(XINHUA)

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Four South Sudan soldiers shot dead by Ugandan military in contested border area

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At least four South Sudanese soldiers were killed by their counterparts from neighboring Uganda over the weekend, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

Lul Ruia Koang, spokesperson for the South Sudan Defense Forces (SSPDF) said the incident between SSPDF forces and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) happened on Sunday after the two sides exchanged fire in a contested border area in the southern parts of the country.

UPDF soldiers opened fire on our soldiers in Buya and as a result, they killed four on the spot and wounded another,” the spokesperson told Xinhua by phone.

The disputed area is claimed by communities of Kajo-Keji county of Central Equatoria state in South Sudan and their neighbors from Yumbe district of Uganda.

Koang said the SSPDF soldiers were conducting foot patrol to enforce cross-border movement restrictions at the time of the clashes.

“The area where our servicemen were killed is a disputed area,” the spokesperson said, adding that calm has since returned to the region after the two governments agreed to investigate the cause of the fighting.

“We have requested for an investigation to be conducted so that we know why they opened fire on soldiers who were on foot patrol and does not pose any threat to them,” he said.

(XINHUA)

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Uganda reports 32 new cases of COVID-19

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Uganda’s ministry of health on Tuesday reported 32 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 489.

Out of the 2,276 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities over the last 24 hours, 19 Ugandan truck drivers and 13 contacts and alert cases tested positive for the virus, said the statement.

Additionally, 25 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed over to their respective countries of origin.

Out of the 489 COVID-19 cases, 79 have recovered and no one has died of the disease in the country, according to the ministry of health.

(XINHUA)

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Uganda reports 40 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 457

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Uganda on Monday reported 40 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 457, a ministry of health statement said.

According to the statement, out of the 1,319 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities on Sunday, 23 Ugandan truck drivers and 17 contacts and alert cases tested positive for the virus.

Additionally, 31 foreign truck drivers including 11 Tanzanians, 19 Kenyans and Eritrean tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed over to their respective countries of origin, said the statement.

Out of the 457 COVID-19 cases, 72 have recovered and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the ministry of health.

(XINHUA)

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Uganda records highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases

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Uganda’s Ministry of Health late Saturday reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase so far, bringing the nationwide tally to 413.

Out of the 1,835 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities in the last 24 hours, 52 Ugandan truck drivers and 32 contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin,’’ it said.

It has been the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the index case was confirmed on March 21.

A total of 72 recoveries and no death has so far been reported in the country, according to the ministry.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Uganda records highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases

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Kampala, May 31, 20-20 Uganda’s Ministry of Health late Saturday reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase so far, bringing the nationwide tally to 413.

Out of the 1,835 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities in the last 24 hours, 52 Ugandan truck drivers and 32 contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin,’’ it said.

It has been the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the index case was confirmed on March 21.

A total of 72 recoveries and no death has been so far reported in the country, according to the ministry.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Uganda records highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases

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Uganda’s ministry of health late Saturday reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase so far, bringing the nationwide tally to 413.

Out of the 1,835 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities in the last 24 hours, 52 Ugandan truck drivers and 32 contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin,” it said.

It has been the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the index case was confirmed on March 21.

A total of 72 recoveries and no death has been so far reported in the country, according to the ministry.

(XINHUA)

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Uganda’s annual inflation down to 2.8 percent in May

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Uganda’s annual headline inflation rate dropped to 2.8 percent for the year ending in May, down from the previous 3.2 percent recorded in the year ending in April, the country’s statistics bureau said here on Friday.

“The decline in annual headline inflation is largely attributed to the annual food crops and related item inflation that is registered at a minus 4.4 percent for the year ending May 2020 compared to the minus 2.0 percent for the year ending April 2020,” the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) said in a statement.

During the period under review, the annual core inflation declined to 3.2 percent, compared with 3.4 percent recorded for the year ended April.

Sam Kaisiromwe, principal statistician at UBOS, said the decline of Uganda’s inflation has been also driven by the low demand for goods and services because of the lockdown in the country due to COVID-19.

(XINHUA)

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