He was initially supposed to be quarantined for 14 days in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on the incubation period for the coronavirus disease which has so far infected more than one million people across the globe.
But Ssentongo has so far spent 21-days in quarantine despite testing negative on two different occasions. According to the ministry of Health, his quarantine was extended after members of the same group that was quarantined at Arch apartments in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb tested positive for COVID-19.
Now Ssemakadde wants the Health minister Dr Ruth Aceng to discharge Ssentongo and others because they have already completed the mandatory 14-days. He accuses the minister of abusing her powers under the law to delay the issuance of discharge certificates to persons in quarantine.
Ssemakadde says the minister is using a series of unjustified claims to justify her decision, to the detriment of his client’s health, liberty and dignity.
The lawyer now wants the Health Minister to urgently engage with relevant officials from her ministry to design a more rational and reasonable arrangement that will lead to the discharge of their clients from Institutional quarantine promptly and equitably without endangering the public.
The spokesperson of ministry of Health Emmanuel Ainebyoona advises that officials are working on the discharge process.