Government has urged Ugandans to take more precautionary measures to stop the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, saying the medical facilities are strained.
“Information from the Ministry of Health is that our Intensive Care Units are actually full to capacity,” said Information Minister Judith Nabakooba on Sunday.
“The Public needs to understand that if you became critically ill today, access to the Intensive Care Unit may be difficult,” said the Minister.
“Without the Intensive Care Unit, chances of survival are very few.
We must therefore drop all the complacence around COVID-19.
Let us take seriously the guidance that has been given,” she emphasised.
According to the second round of the Uganda High-Frequency Phone Survey on COVID-19 (UHFPS) conducted in July/August 2020 by Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), majority of Ugandans have abandoned the safe practices in preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
“There was a drastic decline in the reported prevalence of safe practices in the second round,” UBOS’s survey report seen by ChimpReports reads in part.
“Compared to Round 1 in June, significantly fewer respondents reported that they reduced the number of times they went to the market; avoided groups of more than 10 people and physical greetings; and washed hands more frequently in the last 7 days prior to the interview in July-August.”
As of this weekend, the Covid-19 death toll had shot to 144.
Nabakooba said COVID-19 is a clear and present danger waiting to strike anyone anytime.
“However, despite this sad reality, majority of Ugandans continue to take the preventive guidance lightly.
At the beginning of the campaign period, we called upon everyone to be extra vigilant with the guidelines.
It is therefore sad to see people crowding around presidential candidates in total disregard of any preventive guidelines,” she observed.
The public remains concerned about presidential candidates addressing processions, which could serve as a super-spreader or COVID-19.
Nabakooba challenged politicians to “come out to insist that everyone attending their events must have a mask.”
She observed: “We call upon all candidates to lead by example, do not lead your people to death when you know how they can be kept safe.”
Nabakooba said family members and the community can now take part in the burial of their loved ones lost to COVID-19 in compliance with the existing guidelines.
“The body of the deceased must be wrapped in a waterproof burial bag before handing it over to the relatives.
Relatives are not allowed to open the body for viewing or any other cultural practice,” she said.
“You can always use some of the previous photos of the late for memories. Burial should be conducted on the same day of death and will be supervised by a trained health team available.”