By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Although there are a few shortcomings here and there, Uganda continues to register success globally in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Having been the last country in East Africa to confirm a COVID-19 case, Uganda was also the last in the region to confirm a COVID-19 death.
This has been achieved due to the government working through the Ministry of Health to introduce Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and enforce them, as well as making regular countrywide campaigns of how to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
The number of cases confirmed daily in Uganda might be increasing but The Lancet, an independent, international weekly general medical journal, has named Uganda among the Top 10 countries that are suppressing COVID-19, taking the 10th position as of August 2020.
According to the journal’s latest edition published on September 14, 2020, countries are classified according to the number of new cases per day per million population, “because this is the most straightforward measure of rate of transmission of the virus. We classify a country as being in suppression if there are 5 or fewer new cases per million population per day (in August), provided that the rate of testing is ample, which we define here as at least 20 tests per new case.”
Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng is delighted with this rank saying that we can fight the virus if we join hands.
“This is incredibly good news for us. Uganda continues to make her mark on the global front. If we join hands, adhere to SOPs and preventive measures, we can fight this virus that is amidst us. Remember, COVID-19 is real and it kills but it is preventable. Stay safe,” Dr Aceng tweeted.
The top 10 countries re:
- New Zealand
By press time, Uganda had confirmed 7,064 COVID-19 cases, 3,226 recoveries, and 70 deaths.