Government has declined to yield to pressure to evacuate all Ugandans trapped in parts of China that have been hit by the deadly coronavirus which has spread to over 20 countries around the world.
In a statement to Parliament on Thursday, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Health minister said it will be against the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for the government to evacuate the citizens from China especially students in Wuhan University, in Hobei region.
On Tuesday, Parliament asked government through the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, to present an evacuation plan after reports that other countries had evacuated their citizens from China.
But, Dr Aceng in a statement, told Parliament that Uganda will work with the government of China through the Ugandan Mission in Beijing to provide socio-economic support to the students who are confined in Wuhan City that is under ‘’total lockdown’’.
She said that government failed to charter a plane to airlift the 105 back home because there is no available connection between Beijing and Wuhan.