The Honorary Consul of Nepal to Uganda Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has affirmed that Nepalese living in Uganda are safe and not in any danger as regards coronavirus disease (COVID19).
Sudhir recently made the reassurance in an online broadcast interview Nepalese journalist Kosh Raj Koirala. We feel that the Nepalese community in Uganda is safe, the Kampala based businessman told Koirala.
“Nepalese in Uganda are all in good hands. Employers in Uganda look after their employees. They have access to healthcare, accommodation and financial services,” Dr. Ruparelia said.
There are approximately over 300 Nepalese residing and working in Uganda and Dr. Ruparelia said in the interview that plans are underway to register all of them once the coronavirus pandemic ends for easy communication and knowing each other.
In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Ruparelia said the consulate which he leads sent out a circular asking Nepalese who wanted to be flown back to Nepal but no one showed interest to leave Uganda. Luckily, no Nepalese has been diagnosed with or exposed to coronavirus.
“There is no issue but if there is any such issue, we shall be able to solve it. We are ready to deal with any challenge,” Dr. Ruparelia told Koirala in the interviewed that conducted online.
Uganda has as of 05 March 2020 registered 97 coronavirus cases and of these, 55 recovered and were discharged from various government hospitals across the country. Fortunately, no one has died from the virus.
Dr. Ruparelia, who was in February appointed as the Honorary Consul of Nepal to Uganda, said he is working closely with Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) to ensure that he perfectly addresses the interests of Nepal and Uganda.
He explained that during his tenure, he wants to promote bilateral trade and tourism between Uganda and Nepal. He has also set his eyes on cultural exchanges between the two countries and the appointment of a Ugandan representative to Nepal.
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