Health ministry officials say the drop in numbers is just the calm before an impending second wave.They advise that instead of celebrating the end of COVID-19, Ugandans should adhere to the all public health measures because the low numbers are a transition to what is to come
Despite over 80% of the 855 respondents that were surveyed accepting that they are aware of key prevention measures such as hand washing, mask-wearing and maintaining a social distance, they found adherence to be very low.
Dr. Rebecca Nuwematsiko, a researcher based at Makerere University School of Public Health who participated in the study told journalists that they found that people aged 50 and above took the prevention measures more seriously compared to their younger counterparts.
John Mary Ssenkubuge, a parent with two senior five students says his restaurant and bar business collapsed during the lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, he says it is difficult for him to get money in the shortest time possible to pay for his children.
The four-day medical camp is being supported by Help of Smile Train Ambassadors Uganda led by Dr. Sr. Justice Najjuka from Little Sisters of Nkokonjeru and the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. Dr. Nicholas Mugagga, the in Charge of St. Joseph’s Hospital Wakiso, says all the services offered at the annual medical camp are entirely free.
Dr. Ronald Bameka, the Lyantonde District Veterinary Officer-DVO, says that they have vaccinated animals on several farms in Kanshagama, which was the most affected. The FMD resurgence found the vaccination campaign ongoing prompting the veterinary officers to expedite the exercise.
A capsule of hydroxyurea in Gulu costs between Shillings 1,000-2000 for the 250mg, while the 500mg can go as much as Shillings 3,000. A patient is supposed to take a tablet each day, alongside other prophylaxes such as folic acid and penicillin.
According to the Health Ministry, the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in the country in mid-March this year. If things go as planned, vaccination will then start by the end of the month. The first beneficiaries will be people aged 50 years and above, teachers, security personnel and persons with co-morbidities.
The three agencies have separately come under fire for alleged failure to perform their roles, which has abetted the misinformation. However, the three government agencies have agreed to coordinate regarding information sharing and issuance of coordinated directives, for effective enforcement of the policies.
The have agreed to coordinate regarding information sharing, and issuing coordinated directives, effective enforcement of policies.
Part of the consignment worth 1.46 Billion Shillings shall be delivered to training hospitals that are used by UCU students for internship training. They include Mengo, Namirembe, Mukono General Hospital and the Allan Galpin Health Center II-AGHCII, the university’s health facility.
Dr. Richard Echodu, the Gulu University Laboratory Director told URN in an interview that the Laboratory is level two and that it shall be run by a total of 15 qualified staff who underwent COVID -19 testing training. He said three out of those staff hold PhD in Laboratory Technology.
The compensation programme which is the first globally to cushion against possible vaccine injury will be operationalized in March and caters for 92 low and middle-income countries that are eligible for vaccine support.
Dr. Hasfa Lukwata, a mental health expert who is providing COVID-19 psychological care says the majority of the patients they have seen stop enjoying the things they liked doing even after recovery. "We have seen that many face this problem. A month after their recovery, they struggle to go back and do the things they enjoyed before. They feel weak, are not happy and do not want to do anything, “she said.
According to the Kamwenge District Veterinary Officer Dr Paul Mbago, they have taken the decision after learning that the viral disease has already ravaged livestock in the neighbouring districts of Kiruhura, Kazo and Ibanda.