The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwiine has praised the social distancing being observed in Lira Municipality.
Dr. Atwiine shared a picture of locals at the water well taken from Obutuwelo village, Ojwina Division in Lira Municipality. The picture taken by Ojwina Division LCIII Chairperson, Bob Oyuku on Thursday morning when Uganda started observing partial shutdown over Coronavirus pandemic, shows people keeping a distance of more than 5 meters from each other as they wait to fetch water.
The Permanent Secretary, who gave the picture the OK hand emoji, said all local leaders should be engaged to enforce the similar measures happening in Ojwina Division.
“We should engage all LC Chairpersons to enforce such and more measure in their villages,” said Dr. Atwiine.
She stressed that the people in the know, including elites, should endeavor to get in touch with the folks in the villages and local communities to tell them the precautionary measures to prevent COVID-19.
“At this point the elites should use all possible means, say through a phone, to talk to your people in the villages and local communities about COVID-19,” added Atwine.
Uganda has registered 14 cases of the heavily contagious disease, which is ravaging other parts of the world with hundreds of fatalities daily. Citizens have been for two weeks now urged to maintain social distancing to prevent contracting the disease declared by the World Health Organization as pandemic.
President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday shutdown all public transport means including buses, taxis and boda boda for a period of two weeks.
“Therefore, with immediate effect, the government is suspending public transport for 14 days. This directive affects taxis, coasters, minibuses, buses, all passenger trains, tukutukus (tricycles) and bodaboda carrying passengers. The rationale is to minimize movement and contact among people,” said Museveni.