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Archbishop: 10 COU Clergy Have So far Tested Positive to Covid-19

According to Kaziimba, these openly came out to report their status and gave testimony about their experience with the disease. "Please follow all of the SOPs and most importantly, wear your mask so that it covers both your nose and your mouth, and wash your hands for 20 seconds many times in a day,” he advised.
The Arcbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba addressing journalists. Photo by Olive Nakatudde.

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   The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba has revealed that in the past few months, his office has received information indicating that ten clergy tested positive to Covid-19.

According to Kaziimba, these openly came out to report their status and gave testimony about their experience with the disease. The Archbishop made the statement while delivering his Christmas message at the Church of Uganda Provincial Secretary at Namirembe. Christmas is celebrated annually on December 25th to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.

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The Archbishop said that the act of sharing stories by those previously infected with the virus helps to break the stigma. He told Ugandans that coronavirus is real and there is need to adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“We have clergy who have been infected and have told us about the challenges they faced while recovering.  I thank them for sharing their stories and helping to break the stigma. We have lost leaders and loved ones, and, once again, we extend our sincerest condolences to all those families. I beg you – Please follow all of the SOPs – most importantly, wear your mask so that it covers both your nose and your mouth, and wash your hands for 20 seconds many times in a day,” he advised.

Since March, Uganda according to the Ministry of Health has so far confirmed 28,733 positive cases of corona virus out of which, 10,070 people have recovered while 225 have died.

Kaziimba now says that it is very important for Ugandans to be very sensitive and careful in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Meanwhile, the Archbishop in his Christmas message also condemned Gender-Based Violence (GBV) saying that there are other ways of dealing with anger than taking it out violently on others.

“We have had another epidemic this year of gender-based violence, especially during the most severe part of lockdown. There seems to be a lot of anger inside of us that unleashes itself on the people closest to us. Jesus shows us a better way and how forgiveness can break the cycle of revenge in our families and communities,” said Kaziimba.

He added that there is need for a ceasefire this Christmas in families and communities and break the cycle of revenge. 

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