Dr. Joseph Mugisha, the project Deputy Principal Investigator, says preliminary findings show that many people are inclined to using herbal concoctions for disease prevention as opposed to the scientifically proven methods.
The extensive use of herbal concoctions in COVID-19 management in
Kalungu district has drawn concern from scientists conducting a Community Survey
on the impact of the pandemic.
Teams of scientists from the Medical Research Council
of Uganda (MRC-U) from the field station in Kyamulubwa Sub County are
conducting a survey on the implication of COVID-19 to the other underlying
health and social conditions in the community.
Dr. Joseph Mugisha, the project Deputy
Principal Investigator, says preliminary findings show that many people are
inclined to using herbal concoctions for disease prevention as opposed to the
scientifically proven methods.
He says that communities are being driven by
misconceptions on the realities about COVID-19 and as a result, are reluctant
to observe the Standard Operation Procedures-SOPs for their safety, something
that increases their vulnerability to the virus.
According to Mugisha, left unchecked,
the underlying community myth about the virus and its realities may exacerbate
the COVID-19 situation especially in rural areas where testing is still a very
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Dr. Mugisha has also urged the communities to ensure that they get a nutritious
diet comprising fruits and natural foods rich in Vitamins A, B and C, as well
as avoiding presumptive treatment of illnesses.
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Bernard Mpeirwe, the Research Project Coordinator, says that they have also
noticed many people are still ignorant on the appropriate use of facemasks as a preventive
He says their teams have resorted to using Community Advisory
Board-CAB members to conduct community mobilization drives as way of addressing
the growing levels of complacency as well as responding to the unfounded myths
about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Notably, available figures from the
Ministry of Health indicates that Uganda has a total 21,409 confirmed cases
drawn from 633,932 samples tested so far. 433 of the cases are active while 206 people
have succumbed to the virus.