Ministry of Health officials have noted with concern the “total failure” of Ugandans in adopting the ‘scientific’ way of holding campaigns in order to contain the spread of covid-19.
Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the State Minister for Health in charge of Primary Health Care said that people are indisciplined and have forgotten about their lives and health, yet that should be their priority.
“It is a really high level of indiscipline. Adopting the scientific campaigns has really been so difficult and almost impossible. We are seeing people using the traditional ways of campaigning. When you go to Kikuubo and around Kampala, people have no face masks,” Kaducu bemoaned.
She noted that the worst of the prevailing Covid-19 situation will dawn on the nation if people continue not adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
“We are yet to see worse than what is happening today. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been hearing about the stories in Italy, USA and other countries and we have seen mass graves. If we don’t change our mindset, follow the SOPs, we cannot be far from what we have seen from other parts of the world. So, the worst case scenario is yet to come,” the Minister warned.
It should be noted that there are already promising results on the invention of a vaccine against Covid-19 and most of the clinical trials are in phase 3, the last stage in various countries. Although there is such hope, the Minister said that people should not relax.
“The Ministry has set up a national committee to look at the issues of the vaccine. Ugandan scientists are also developing the vaccines. This does not mean that people should relax. Actually, people should do more. They should observe the SOPS,” she said.
“As the Ministry of Health, we shall not get tired of educating our people to follow the SOPs,” she added.