MASKS FOR KAMPALA METROPOLITAN AREA ARRIVE AS UGANDA PROGRESS TO PHASE 3 OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

By Goodluck Musinguzi

Dr Diana Atwine, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary says distribution of masks is on going in Kampala City,Wakiso and Mukono districts. Leaders will start reaching out to people soon.

“A total of 5,225,854 face masks have been delivered to Kampala Metropolitan Area,Wakiso and Mukono districts”,Diana Said

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that a total of 5,225,854 face masks have been delivered to Kampala Metropolitan Area, Wakiso and Mukono Districts.

The Minister of Health, Hon.Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero had indicated that the process of distribution of the face masks should have taken place last weekend.

However, this did not happen after the authorities in the aforementioned districts requested for more time to systematically plan on delivering the masks to the residents.

Therefore, much as the Ministry of Health concluded the procurement and delivered face masks to the above-mentioned areas, our teams are still working with the respective local governments and urban authorities to ensure that these masks are distributed to the population living in these areas, said Dr Diana

To-date, the Ministry of Health has distributed 13,455,657 face masks to 30 districts across the country.

The following districts have so far received face masks; Amuru, Kyotera, Buikwe, Arua, Adjumani, Isingiro, Rakai, Busia, Moyo, Tororo, Gulu, Hoima, Ntungamo, Kakumiro, Masaka, Kumi, Moroto, Lira, Mbarara, Yumbe, Soroti, Kamuli, Kassanda, Omoro, Jinja, Kiruhura, Kabale, Kampala Metropolitan Area, Wakiso and Mukono.

The distribution of facemasks started from the border districts and followed by districts with cities and municipalities, then districts along the cargo truck transit routes and finally others will follow.

It is important to note that in all the districts where the Ministry of Health delivered face masks, the Local Government structures have facilitated the distribution of the masks to the people.

In the same vein, the leaders in Kampala Capital City are urged to expedite the distribution of the masks using the structures to curb the threat of COVID-19 transmission in the city.

The Ministry of Health would also like to appeal to the general public to adhere to the measures instituted by H.E the President and the Standard Operating procedures issued by the Ministry of Health in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda.

Please practice COVID-19 preventive measures such as hand washing with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer frequently, maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters and to always wear a face mask when in public.

Ensure that the face mask covers your nose and mouth. DO NOT let the mask hang on your neck like a necklace, or hang on your ear. The mask must be worn correctly at all times to protect you and your dear ones from getting infected by COVID-19.

Ministry of Health has confirmed five death and 1,213 cumulative confirmed cases of coronavirus since march. Among the dead The is a 46 year old female of Indian origin and resident of Kibuli a suburb in Kampala City.

The 3rd death was a 67 year old male of Nigerian origin and a resident of Kisenyi another suburb in Kampala City. He too had symptoms consistent to Covid-19 which include cough, fever, chest, pain and difficulty in breathing and sought treatment from a private clinic.

He later went to Kiruddu Referral Hospital where he was admitted and samples taken off. Unfortunately he passed on 29th July,2020.

The Uganda Government has made sure it doesn’t squander any opportunity in terms of encouraging people to follow Standard Operating Procedures. The death so far recorded show people first use private clinics or hospitals.

Hon Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health says Uganda is experiencing a rapidly changing Covid-19 situation. Uganda has progressed to phase 3 of the Covid-19 pandemic where its witnessing cases in clusters in the communities , coupled with 5 deaths. This is a worrying picture.

The response of government included a total lockdown that helped build the capacity of handling contacts and alerts to make sure the virus does not spread in communities.

The government has warned its people about a health care system that cannot handle many numbers of people should the virus spread.

Complacency is order of the day, no masks, the sick should be reported for quick response from Ministry of Health. Most countries affected by coronavirus the citizens are bitter with their governments over lost opportunities in the early days to stop death.

In Uganda we are lucky the government took action quickly before the situation became worse. Like other countries death started slowly then picked up with hundreds or thousands of people dying.

Statistics from Johns Hopkins University indicate that there are now 16 million cases worldwide. It took just three days to rise from 15 million. Around half of all cases have been reported in the top three countries: the United States, Brazil, and India.

The United States now has more than 4 million cases, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, representing around a quarter of all cases worldwide. The pace of growth has increased in the country from mid-July and it is currently reporting 50,000–70,000 new cases each day

About Goodluck Musinguzi

Born on 12th March 1979 in Kabale district, South Western Uganda near the Rwanda and Eastern Congo Borders. Started Journalism around 1999, the Kibwetere inferno was a turn around. Entatsi newspaper and Monitor FM were interested in my stories. I covered extensively the Amama Mbabazi-Garuga Musinguzi Parliamentary elections extensively for Monitor Newspaper,Monitor FM, Voice of Kigezi and Entatsi Newspaper. Later I worked with Uganda Radio Network. Newvision gave me opportunity to cover War in Eastern Congo. Did investigation stories. Am now the Chief Executive Officer Kigezi News Agency Limited, we publish for a number of websites in Uganda.

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