In an effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19), the Ministry of Health has quarantined 1,632 travelers in Uganda.
The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng disclosed this state of affairs to reporters at Ministry headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday.
“To date, a total of 1,632 travellers including Ugandans and others traveling back home have been identified as high risk and quarantined for purposes of follow up,” Aceng told reporters.
Of these, 1071 are Chinese, 244 are Ugandans 43 are Italians, 34 from South Korea and 484 are other nationals.
She however clarified that Uganda has no confirmed case of Coronavirus as all samples from persons who presented signs and symptoms of COVID 19 tested negative.
“So far, samples from 26 persons who presented signs and symptoms similar to those of COVID 19 have been tested and all tested negative.”
The outbreak of COVID 19 has now spread to all continents and 109 countries, territories and areas are currently affected.
As of March 10, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 61 countries have local transmission of COVID 19 while 6 countries are under investigation.
Currently over 113,702 confirmed cases have been reported with over 4,000 deaths.
On Wednesday, the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared COVID 19 a pandemic.
In Africa, 11 countries have reported cases of COVID 19 and they include Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria Tunisia, Togo, South Africa, Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ministry of Health says it has developed guidelines for self quarantine which should be adhered to by all travellers from the high risk countries who enter Uganda and opt for self quarantine.
SELF QUARANTINE GUIDELINES.
Stay in a well ventilated room away from other people such as family members preferably with separate hygiene and toilet facilities.
Stay at home for the entire duration of 14 days of quarantine.
Ensure you have adequate food, water, hygiene provisions and appropriate medical treatment for any pre existing medical conditions while in self quarantine.
Ensure you have the necessary communication facilities like mobile phones to communicate with family members and other people while in quarantine.
Always wash your hands with water and soap regularly or use alcohol based hand rubs.
Cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Throw away used tissue immediately into a dustbin or burn it and wash your hands immediately with water and soap or alcohol based hand rub.
Avoid sharing toothbrushes, utensils, dishes, towels etc with anybody in the home.
If you develop symptoms or key respiratory infection including fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, call for immediate help
PREVENTIVE MEASURES ISSUED BY MINISTRY OF HEALTH.
Handshaking and hugging are banned.
Avoid contact with people who are visibly sick with flu like symptoms, fever, cough and sneeze.
When sick with flu like symptoms, avoid going to public places, offices and public gatherings. Remain at home to avoid infecting others.
Do not take self medication such as antibiotics.
Do not spit in public
Delay travel to countries that currently have many patients of COVID 19
Avoid travel if you have flu like symptoms.