By Goodluck Musinguzi
Ministry of Health’s efforts against COVID-19 has earned Uganda’s Flag to be displayed at the United Nations among the 10 countries that have suppressed the disease.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has addressed Ugandans 17 times discussing strategies of suppressing COVID-19, addressing the social needs of Ugandans and other plans.
Little did he know that his team was fulfilling the four core areas United Nations. The Lancet COVID-19 Commission was launched on July 9, 2020, to assist governments, civil society, and UN institutions in responding effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Commission aims to offer practical solutions to the four main global challenges posed by the pandemic.
1- Suppressing the pandemic by means of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions.
2- Overcoming humanitarian emergencies,
including poverty, hunger, and mental distress, caused
by the pandemic.
3- Restructuring public and private finances in the wake of the pandemic.
4- And rebuilding the world economy in an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable way that is aligned with the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Many creative solutions are already being implemented, and a
key aim of the Commission is to accelerate their adoption worldwide.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health said efforts to be proud of. Special thanks to all our frontline health workers. We are doing well.
Dr Diana Atwine has been battling Kampala’s Middlemen who wanted her to procure equipment that is not recommended.
“Doing a bad test everyday is not the same as doing a good test once. She chose a diagnostic technique recommended by World Health Organisation than cheap and affordable pushed by middlemen in Kampala.
She has endured attacks but the Lancet COVID-19 Commission report has shown that Uganda is the best in Africa.
“Uganda is the best country in Africa in terms of suppressing the Covid-19 pandemic in the month of August, according to Lancet Covid-19 Commission data”.
According to the rankings, Uganda is 10th out of 91 countries that were analysed across the globe and first in Africa followed by Togo, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
The data based on four indicators of the pandemic which include number of newly confirmed cases per million population per day averaged over the 31 days of August.
The mortality rate measured as the deaths per million per day averaged over the same period.
The number of Covid-19 tests done in August relative to the number of new cases in August, which functions as a proxy measure for the scale of testing.
The average effective reproduction rate, which is the effective reproduction number averaged over the month, indicating whether the epidemic was rising or falling.
The Lancet Covid-19 Commission in a statement during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, said 19 countries achieved suppression in August.
“We note that 10 of the 19 are in the Asia–Pacific region, the highest performing region globally. 11 countries incurred very high transmission.
The origins of COVID-19 and averting zoonotic pandemics. The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest—but certainly not the last—emerging infectious disease, preceded by HIV/AIDS, Nipah, severe acute respiratory syndrome
coronavirus, H1N1 influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Zika, Ebola, and others.