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
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.
Alia Seraphine, the Katakwi CAO, says that the female candidates might have dropped out of school due to early marriages and pregnancies. He disclosed this during a visit by officials from the Teso Affairs Ministry in the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Airline carried 77,355 passengers for the year ended June 2020, registering a shortfall of 10 per cent from its target of 85,760 passengers. This also meant that predicted income of 31.5 billion Shillings was not attained, and instead, the airline generated 25.2 billion Shillings. However, the airline made an additional 14.8 billion Shillings from 26,394 passengers at the end of December 2020.
According to the health ministry, surveillance teams have been sent to the border districts of Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundigudbyo to study the situation and give a status report that will determine the next course of action. According to Dr Kaducu the new response plan will have to cater for how the country can respond to two disease outbreaks given that isolation wards and former Ebola treatment wards will now have to be used to cater for two disease outbreaks
The highest number of deaths was recorded in November 2020 with 94 deaths reported followed by December with 47 deaths. Since the beginning of 2021,74 deaths were reported in the month of January. This accounts for more than 65 percent of the total number of deaths that have been reported in the country.
At Victoria Hospital, family members of patients are advised to deposit an initial 10 million Shillings for care. This can increase or reduce depending on the time spent at the facility. Severe and critical patients spend an average of two million shillings daily.
However, people who wish to have their samples tested at any of the newly accredited centres will have to part with hefty sums of money. At Mukwaya General Hospital, one will have to pay shillings 300,000 to get their sample picked and sent to a laboratory for testing
Dr. Malik Ssempereza, a dermatologist, says the continued use of alcohol-based sanitiser can irritate the skin. “Alcohol-based sanitiser helps to kill germs, and it is more useful now in the COVID 19 era; however, it dries out the skin and can irritate people with sensitive skin. It can cause itching, drying and scaling, with development of rashes in some people,” he said.
Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission Chairperson said that in the wake of COVID-19, they will allow specific people like agents of candidates, EC officials and security personnel only at the polling stations.
Due to a lack of staff like nurses trained in critical care and anesthesiologists, critically ill COVID-19 patients requiring vital care are referred to ICUs in Kampala. This has left many ICU’s in the capital overwhelmed with numbers
According to the Uganda Medical Association-UMA, their colleagues who on average earn 5 Million Shillings per month are being forced to go to private hospitals where some private hospitals which charge between 3 -5 Million Shillings per day. Some of the hospitals include Victoria and Novik.