The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has openly opposed the proposal by the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) seeking Government to put a ban on travels for Christmas, especially from towns to villages.
The medics, under their umbrella body the Uganda Medical Association, yesterday during a press briefing, cautioned the public against travelling to the villages, holding large Christmas, wedding, birthday, and beach parties. They proposed that the country should be locked down before Christmas until January 2, 2021.
As of Tuesday December 15, Uganda had recorded 28,168 covid-19 cases, with 225 deaths. Last week, the figure was slightly over 23000 with 207 deaths, indicating that over 5000 cases with 15 deaths were registered in one week.
However, UPC said that though the number of cases is worrying and devastating, locking the country will cause more chaos and yield no results on containing the spread of the virus.
“We disagree with this position. The lockdown in the first place left people with deep scars of but not limited to financial loss,” Faizo Muzeyi, the party Head of Media and Communication told journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala.
“It was meant to let the country prepare for the pandemic as well as find ways of how the public can protect themselves and prevent the spread of covid-19. Now that we have the SOPs in place, let’s ensure that their implementation and focus on the vaccine,” Muzeyi added.
He further noted that the party was concerned about the reluctance that is being shown by the members of the public in following the Standards Operating Procedure (SOPs), which he said has continuously led to the increase of the cases registered daily.
“UPC therefore calls upon the public to adhere to the SOPs for good of their lives. We also call upon citizens of Uganda to regulate and minimize their movements or if possible let them stay where they are during this festive season and reach out to their families through various telecommunication networks,” he added.