RC orders 14-day voluntary quarantine for 15 visitors arrived via KIA

26Mar 2020
The Guardian
RC orders 14-day voluntary quarantine for 15 visitors arrived via KIA

​​​​​​​KILIMANJARO Regional Commissioner Dr Anna Mghwira has directed that 15 foreigners who entered the region through Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) must be placed under voluntary quarantine for 14 Days.

​​​​​​​KILIMANJARO Regional Commissioner Dr Anna Mghwira.

The visitors had come from Europe for various business purposes.

The RC issued the directive yesterday during her visit to the Airport saying: “I have already given directives to relevant authorities – the health department and the Red Cross to work together to educate those at hotels where the visitors go for the quarantine procedures on how to treat them.”

She added: “There are visitors who will disembark here; probably they will go to families that will be educated on how to live with them until it will be established after 14 days that they do not have Covid-19 infection. But you will be placed under voluntary quarantine at places that are nice to live in.”

On Tuesday, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu instructed all Regional Commissioners, Regional Administrative Secretaries and District Commissioners to identify low cost hotels for the people coming from countries with Covid-19 infections to afford to stay under quarantine for 14 days.

Mwalimu gave the directives after complaints emerged that some visitors were being sent to hotels with high accommodation cost which they have been unable to afford.

On March 24 through her Twitter account Mwalimu said: “We have this challenge on places allocated for the 14 days quarantine for those coming from Covid-19 affected countries to stay. I direct the regional commissioners, regional administrative secretaries and district commissioners to allocate hotels whose accommodation cost will be affordable to many.”