By Mable Nakibuuka
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has applauded the Ministry of Health and Ugandan scientists for fighting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to the extent that infections are now reducing at a fast rate.
Museveni revealed this during his national address on Monday as the country commemorated the International Women’s Day, at a function held at State House, Entebbe.
In his address, President Museveni noted that although he is yet to study the actual information and statistics from the Ministry of Health, he has observed that the number of infections and COVID-19 related deaths are decreasing day by day, which is a good sign and an indication that the government has ably managed to control the pandemic.
“I have not studied how the pandemic developed but it seems to be going down. We have been using some medicine. Patients are now very few,” President Museveni said.
He warned however that; “This Coronavirus can damage, you can die out of the damage.”
The President however chided local newspaper Daily Monitor, which he faulted for publishing a story indicating that him and other members of the First Family received the COVID-19 vaccine before any other Ugandan could get vaccinated.
It should be noted that the President has often advised Ugandans to implement the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as scientists work tirelessly to start producing the vaccine here.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Health last week received two batches of the COVID-19 vaccine under the COVAX programme.
The first batch was procured by the Ministry of Health from China, while the second one was a donation from India.
According to the Ministry of Health, Vaccination against COVID-19 starts on March 10th, 2021 and the government is providing the vaccine FREE of charge.
Vaccination will take place in a phased manner starting with the most at risk groups.
Results of COVID-19 tests done on March 7th, 2021 confirmed 6 new cases, bringing the number of cumulative confirmed cases to 40,485.
The breakdown of the new cases are:
6 contacts and alerts: Wakiso (2) Kampala (2) Gulu (1) Amuru (1).
The country has registered 334 COVID-19 related cases so far, out of the total 40,485 infections and 15,075.
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