The Ministry of Health statistics on the Covid-19 prevalence indicate that Uganda is already in the fourth stage of the Covid-19 pandemic which is characterised by community transmission of the virus.
As the Covid-19 death toll continues to rise, the Health Ministry is calling upon the public to make it a personal responsibility to keep the virus at bay.
Hon Robinah Nabbanja, the State Minister of Health for General Duties urged Ugandans to continue adhering to the set Standard Operating Procedures including the proper use of face masks, hand washing and practicing social distancing among others, as this will help in the prevention of the spread of Covid-19.
Speaking at the official opening of the maternity ward at Rushooka Health Centre II in Ntungamo District, Nabbanja said that there is need to upgrade the health centre II into a hospital so that there is more efficient and improved health services delivery in the community.
“This health centre should even be upgraded to a hospital. However, we shall start with what we have now,” she said.
Gerald Bakamuturaki, the District Health Officer Ntungamo said that the maternity ward will save the mothers, children and will benefit everyone in the locality.
Hon Nabbanja stressed the fact that Uganda is still leading in the fight against COVID-19 among African countries and this is due to the quick response by the government.
“I appreciate everyone for the work well done in the COVID-19 response. However, we encourage people to continue following the Standard Operating Procedures. The way things are moving now, we have to live with it and move forward. We can not close the economy anymore,” she emphasized.
Nabbanja called upon various groups of people in the society including the religious leaders, parents among others to speak one language that promotes the prevention of COVID-19 as prevention is better than cure.
It should be noted that currently, Uganda has a cumulative total of 8,808 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 4,736 recoveries and 81 fatalities.