Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has started his address on the country’s next actions to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.
He is expected to outline Uganda’s plan to re-open the education sector, the airports and borders. He will also stress that Uganda’s focus will be on the individuals and the community to look after their own health.
His address comes a day after the country reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a day after 423 cases returned positive. Today’s positive cases are 270, bringing the cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans at 6,287 with 63 deaths.
About 100 cases are reportedly from the Moroto Prison. On Thursday 219 prisoners escaped from the same Prison with about 15 guns.
According to Health Minister Dr. Ruth Aceng, the disease is now spreading in non-traditional groups. At the onset of the disease, travelers returning were the source of infection. However this later moved to truck drivers with over 650 testing positive. Right now communities are the source of infection with Kampala having the most wide spread cases.
Since the month of August 2020, on average Uganda records 400 cases of COVID-19 every week. Due to increasing infections, the health ministry has resorted to opening auxiliary treatment centers to deal with the high numbers.
Last week the health ministry opened the Nambole treatment center that has the capacity to hold 1,500 people. Dr. Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary at the health ministry says that they are working towards controlling the disease.
“We are working towards managing the numbers. We are planning on opening other centers to do this. This dose not mean we have lost the COVID-19 fight. We have not. We are still in control,” said Atwine.