This is the highest number of infections to be recorded by the country in one day, since the confirmation of the virus in March. Uganda’s caseload now stands at 114 infections, a sizeable number from Kenyan and Tanzanian truck drivers who are entering the country through Malaba, Busia and Mutukula border posts.
The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubaje, in his capacity as the Chairman of the council of presidents said that an observation had been made by the religious leaders and they were experiencing discomfort from the current tension between the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature.
Dr Pamela Atim Okot, the Executive Director of St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum says there is a need to consider the risks health workers are enduring at the moment and determine an appropriate allowance. She notes that allocating 20,000 Shillings for a health worker in high-risk situations may not be right citing that they may deserve probably 80,000 Shillings.
Dr Kazimba made reference to the attack by Swarms of locusts, the recent floods in Rwenzori region, the rising water levels on Lake Victoria and the ensuing displacements, shootings and the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns and said these are tell-a-tale signs for Ugandans to reflect on the spiritual aspect to all the problems.
Dr Deogratias Munube, a paediatrician at Mulago National Referral Hospital and also the president of the Uganda Pediatric Association says that while lactating mothers have no option, markets expose children to respiratory infections caused by the cold. According to Dr Munube, children might develop asthma or even pneumonia.
Namuganza went to Sembabule on Friday to arbitrate a dispute between Buganda Kingdom authorities in Mawogola county and the district local government which is accused of encroaching on Kingdom land. The land in question is housing Buganda’s Mawogola county headquarters, yet another part of it is being used to construct the district canteen.
The new Terego district which will take effect on July 1, 2020 will have its headquarters at Leju trading centre along Arua-Terego-Yumbe highway. The approval of the new district evoked excitement among residents and leaders, a number of whom believe that the elevation was long overdue.
President Yoweri Museveni, during his recent address recommended that everyone should wear a mask, as a way of controlling the spread of Coronavirus Disease –COVID-19. The face coverings are particularly recommended in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission
Dennis Bugaya, the Buganda Land Board Spokesperson told URN that they have done their assessment and concluded that indeed the place poses a health threat to residents. He says they are making arrangements to relocate the vendors in a months’ time.
The State Minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru who was in Kasese to assess the damage said the ministry had requested m the 222 Mountain Infantry Brigade of the UPDF to come in and aid in re-establishing key infrastructures that were destroyed. In the short run, the force will be desilting and re-organize Kilembe Mines Hospital.
Otim a medical officer was an employee of JHPIEGO an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University dedicated to improving the health of women and families. He met his death in an ambush just at the border between Napak, Koitdo and Abim districts.
The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine says that they are setting up laboratories at the border with the hope that the stations start running this weekend. She says that with this in place, truck drivers will get their results within hours instead of waiting for the next day.
On a daily basis, between 300 to 1,000 cargo trucks are cleared by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and the immigration department at Elegu border post, on a continuing journey to South Sudan. However, the Minister observed that there is laxity among the border community who need adequate and timely knowledge about the threats posed by the global killer pandemic.
Since the respiratory disease emerged in central China in late December, health officials have raced to locate where and how the virus was first transmitted from its animal host to humans. It is however believed that a now-closed Wuhan city wholesale market played a role in the outbreak.