In a press statement, issued on Wednesday Dr Charles Olaro, the Ag. Director-General of Health services said even as Uganda has not registered any case whether confirmed or suspected, they are on high alert since a number of Ugandans continue going to China and others coming into the country.
The Ministry of Health has revealed that as part of the measures
to control the spread of the Corona Virus they are equipping Entebbe and Naguru
regional referral hospitals to handle any suspected cases if they arise.
In a press statement, issued on Wednesday Dr Charles Olaro, the
Ag. Director-General of Health services said even as Uganda has not registered
any case whether confirmed or suspected, they are on high alert since a number
of Ugandans continue going to China and others coming into the country.
Among other measures the Ministry is considering or has put in
place are screening points at the airport, a national task force has been
activated to handle any arising cases and that they are together with Civil Aviation
Authority-CAA planning a sensitization exercise for all airport staff on the
risk of spread and the signs and symptoms.
Olaro said the ministry has held a meeting with the Chinese
ambassador and during the meeting, Olaro says that the ambassador said they had
issued a notice to Chinese hoping to travel here to delay their return and
those in Uganda to first delay their travel.
While there are no confirmed cases in the East African region so
far, at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday, a Kenyan student who
was travelling from China was isolated after airport health teams suspected him
to have symptoms of the disease.
According to Kenya authorities, tests had been done on the student
and results are to be released in two days.
Elsewhere outside China, however, some 56 cases have so far been confirmed in
Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand,
Nepal, Sri Lanka, USA, Canada, France and Germany.
A person with Coronavirus, experts say present with flu-like
symptoms, fever, cough, and shortness in breath and in severe cases the
sufferer develops pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and kidney
failure. However, the strain of coronavirus currently spreading is new and
hasn’t been previously identified in humans.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the World Health Organisation-WHO revealed
that their scientists are studying the samples provided by the government of
China to understand the virus better and establish ways to limit its
While the current understanding of the disease remains limited,
most cases reported to date have been milder, with around 20% of those infected
experiencing severe illness", reads a statement from WHO.
So far, 4593 cases have been registered and 106 deaths in China.