As Uganda enters phase 4 of COVID-19 transmission characterized by wide spread of the infection in the community, the Ministry of Health has procured 10,084 megaphones to spread COVID-19 prevention messages across the country.
Updating the nation about COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday afternoon, the Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said deployment of the megaphones began on Monday.
“The Ministry has procured 10,084 loudspeaker megaphones to intensify grassroots communication on health preventive measures and awareness on COVID-19 and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by the communities,” she said.
The deployment of these megaphones which commenced on Monday, Aceng said will be used by the health teams, adding that distribution will cover all parts of the country including the parish and health centre IIIs.
“In Kampala Metropolitan area, the Village Health Teams (VHTs) and enforcement officers for the SOPs have been trained to support the community in engagements that will prevent further spread of COVID-19,” she said.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 8,129 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 4,260 recoveries and 75 fatalities representing a 1% case – fatality rate.
The Kampala metropolitan area alone has registered 2,735 cases, 47 deaths with 448 cases and 3 deaths registered in the past one week.
TRAVELERS INTO UGANDA.
President Museveni recently ordered the reopening of Entebbe international Airport for tourists, businessmen and returning Ugandans after over 6 months of closure in a bid to contain the spread of the pandemic.
Aceng said that all the incoming travelers via Entebbe International Airport or the land border points of entry are required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test results done 72 hours at point of origin before departure.
Travelers who present at the airport without test results, a sample will be collected upon arrival and will be required to meet the cost of quarantine until the results return.
However, travelers arriving will negative COVID-19 results will not be subjected to institutional quarantine.
HEALTH MINISTRY DEVELOPS GUIDELINES FOR BURYING COVID-19 FATALITIES
Aceng announces the guidelines that have been developed by the Health Ministry to be followed while burying COVID-19 deaths.
She said that handling of COVID-19 bodies should be limited to a maximum of 6 persons and surfaces or materials that come into contact with the body or materials from the body shall be decontaminated with 0.1% hydrochloride solution commonly known as “gik.”
The body of the deceased must be rapped in a waterproof burial body bag before it is handed over to the relatives for burial.
Close relatives of the deceased should be available to verify the body before the body bag is sealed. Family members are urged not to touch the bodies of the deceased and viewing of the body is prohibited.
Family members should remain at least 2 metres away from the body. Photographs of the deceased should be carried for remembrance and mourners should observe from a distance.
The community should adhere to appropriate precautions and observe the Ministry of Health guidelines and COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) when organising and attending funerals.
Burials should have limited numbers (70 people) as enshrined in the presidential directives and statutory instruments.
Burials should take place on the same day that death had occurred under the supervision of trained burial teams. An officer of COVID-19 District Taskforce must be present at the time of the burial.