Robert Onekalit, the in charge of Elegu port health revealed that as the truckers’ protest enters the 10th day, residents are at risk of infections because the drivers are freely mingling with the border community.
According to a survey carried out by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Joint Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) an additional 500,000 HIV related deaths could be reported in Sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19 lockdown disruptions
Six of the confirmed cases are truck drivers who were picked three points of entry-Malaba, Mutukula and Elegu while two were from community alerts from Kyotera and Amuru district. The samples were among 2,196 samples tested
Dr. Monica Musenero, an Epidemiologist and Senior presidential adviser on epidemics, says Uganda is yet to see the worst due to complacency. She says people are no longer afraid of the disease and have abandoned wearing masks and social distancing.
The condition occurs when a mother has a prolonged, obstructed labour resulting in an abnormal opening in the birth canal. The health ministry estimates that 100,000 women and girls in the country are suffering from the condition. But according to experts, the condition can be avoided by delaying the age of first pregnancy, the cessation of harmful traditional practices, and timely access to obstetric care.
Dr Ghebreyesus says that the pandemic has changed economies and lives around the world affecting close to five million people and claiming more than 300,000 lives within a space of five months. He adds that the virus has the ability to bring an end to all the progress that the world had made in health like the reduction of mortality rates to destroying economies.
The report shows that the world had achieved a dramatic scale-up in access to services to prevent and treat HIV, malaria and tuberculosis., while child mortality was also halved thanks to better maternal and child healthcare in several countries. At the same time, low-income countries reported the biggest gains in life expectancy, which rose by 11 years between 2000 and 2016.
Data released by WHO shows that in April, 23,000 health care workers were infected with COVID-19 with 100 succumbing to the disease. Figures from the International Council of Nurses put the figures of affected nurses to 90,000 infected nurses and 260 deaths recorded globally since outbreak of the disease was declared in January 2020
As of today, the number of people infected with the disease globally surpassed the 4 million mark. However according to WHO the numbers could have been higher than is currently reported without lockdowns. WHO modelling figures in March predicted that Uganda would have over 16,000 confirmed cases by May 1,2020
Africa has registered lower rates of infection compared to other countries elsewhere. This is mainly due to ongoing national lockdowns. Findings from the study show that lower transmission rates could mean prolonged outbreaks that might last for a few years.
Initial analysis indicates that countries which implemented partial and targeted lockdowns along with effective public health measures may have been even more effective at slowing down the virus. However, if lockdowns are not lifted carefully, all these againsst could be wasted according to Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Africa Regional Director.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that the Emergency Committee meeting will mark three months since members agreed that the new coronavirus disease was an international global health emergency.
"We have begun studies to determine why this is so but we suspect that it might have more to do with demographics of the country where in the case of Uganda majority are young people lease susceptible to the disease," Prof Wanyenze said.