By Ivan Mwine
Untold fear has gripped students and staff of Kyambogo University after the administration announced an outbreak of COVID-19 at the university.
According to a letter from the University Vice Chancellor Elly Katunguka, so far two academic staff and 6 students have tested positive with the COVID-19 virus and have since been put under isolation for medical attention.
In his letter, the Vice Chancellor urges both students and academic staff to undertake vaccination for COVID-19 and to observe the Standard Operation Procedures in a bid to avoid the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile this comes at a time when there is an increase in the infection rates for COVID-19 amongst Ugandans especially ever since the Indian strain was registered in the country.
However, according to officials from the Ministry of Health, the new COVID-19 strain is mainly claiming the lives of youth, which was not the case with the first strain.
“It’s obvious from our statistics that the number of cases and deaths are increasing. Our data shows that the most affected age group is 20-39 years old,” Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services, Ministry of Health, said during a presser, Thursday.
He added that; “Data from the previous wave shows that every COVID-19 positive person has between 21-39 contacts. This could be higher for the current wave. Therefore, following the COVID-19 SOPs has never been more important than it is now.”
Mwebesa revealed that so far cases of COVID-19 infections have been registered in several schools and other learning institutions.
“The affected schools include; 10 Nursing Schools, 11 Secondary schools, 7 Primary schools, 1 PTC and 1 tertiary institution. Some Universities have also reported cases and are under investigations.”
He noted that the main drivers of transmission in schools are overcrowding, non-adherence to SOPs and inadequate supervision of the learners.
Mwebesa cautioned that the districts that have reported the highest number of cases in the last 14 days are; Kampala, Wakiso, Gulu, Amuru, Moroto, Arua, Mbale, Masaka, Oyam and Kalungu.
All this however comes at a time when President Yoweri Museveni has since summoned officials from the Ministry of Health and other concerned authorities for a meeting aimed at constituting an emergency COVID-19 Taskforce, in a bid to curtail the further spread of the virus.
Information from the Ministry of Health indicates that results of COVID-19 tests done on 24 May 2021 confirmed 207 new cases, bringing the cumulative confirmed cases are now 44,281, out of which 43, 401 have recovered, while359 have died so far.
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