Dr. Philbert Nyeko, the Director Arua Regional Referral Hospital told URN on Wednesday evening that because of the increasing fear of the Coronavirus, some patients and their caretakers have opted to leave on their own while dozens of those who normally come for treatment at the hospital have stayed awa
About 45 foreigners and Ugandan nationals at one of the hotels selected by the Ministry of health for self-quarantine say the high fees charged and how the hotel administration has handled them is not fair.
Margret Orik, the Northern Region Prisons Commander disclosed this to URN an interview on Thursday. She explained that the top Uganda Prison Services leadership has resolved to suspend the visits in an emergency meeting held on Wednesday.
Another Imam at a mosque in Kawempe who preferred anonymity wondered why the government was going into ‘overdrive’ to announce sweeping measures even before a single coronavirus case has been confirmed in Uganda.
Speaking to the media on Thursday at the Kingdom headquarters at Bulange Mengo, Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikkiro said basing on the directives and guidelines issued by the government yesterday, the celebrations that were to be held at Lubaga Cathedral on April 13 have been canceled.
Senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama also weighed in. “Just for your information, whereas the factory commissioning was to have 3,000 guests, this has now been scaled down to 300 so as to have the appropriate social distance,” Wanyama’s message said.
“This coronavirus scare comes at a time when we are preparing to celebrate the Kabaka’s birthday on April 13 at Lubaga Cathedral and the marathon on April 5, we are going on with the preparations and I encourage you to buy the kits. However if by that date, the virus has not subsided, we shall not run.
According to WHO, they are worried about countries like Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe-located within East and Southern Africa getting hit by the disease because they have weak health systems already burdened with HIV
The President may, in consultation with the Cabinet, by proclamation, can declare a state of emergency in part or the whole of Uganda if the country is threatened by war or external aggression, when the security or the economic life of the country is threatened by internal insurgency or natural disaster or when there are factors that render necessary the taking of measures which are required for securing the public safety, the defence of Uganda and the maintenance of public order and supplies and services essential to the life of the community.
Josephine Anying, the Communication Officer of St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor told URN in an interview that though Dr. Opira has not shown any sign of COVID -19, his isolation is a mandatory pre –cautionary measure directed by the Ministry of Health.
According to WHO officials, scrutiny is needed to ascertain whether the right numbers of infected persons are being reported. There have been reports of some African countries like Egypt are under-declaring the number of infected persons.
Dr. Denis Barigye, a Christian at Uganda Martyrs Church blamed the church leadership for failure to implement the Corona Virus preventive measures suggested by the Ministry, which exposes their flock to danger.
At Arua Airport where passengers from South Sudan, Kenya, Central African Republic, China America and other countries disembark, a team of health personnel has been deployed to screen all passengers for symptoms of COVID-19.
At Nakawa Market, every after two hours, a message is relayed on the market community radio reminding vendors about the virus and why it’s important to maintain proper hand hygiene to avoid infection. William Mpoza, the General Secretary Nakawa Market, says they are constrained to do more than what they are already doing.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa who attended the meeting said only 66 per cent of the countries have strengthened their capacity to investigate alerts and have improved infection prevention in health facilities and in the community.