National – 19, June 2020: About a month ago, on President Museveni’s order, the Ministry of Health deducted 145 Covid-19 foreign cases out of the total confirmed cases for the country at that time.
Again, less than a fortnight ago, the same Ministry removed nine cases that were earlier confirmed to be positive from the official total. Reason for deduction, the nine cases were negative.
However, the country has continued to record more positive cases daily and the results keep surging – data from the Ministry tells.
Whereas the country is yet to register any death due to Covid-19, daily positive results keep worrying government, and the latter is of the belief that more population will be infected with the virus in recent months.
This anticipation is based on the surveillance by the Ministry that many Ugandans do not want to wear face (mask) while in public and for those who do it, they don’t follow other guidelines: washing hands with soap and water regularly, sanitize and observing social distance.
In trying to curb expected infections [mass] and to ensure the country is free and safer from the novel coronavirus disease, the Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng and other government Minister, among them ICT and NG Minister, Judith Nabakooba and the country’s scientists have recommended to government’s chief principal, President Museveni to relock Uganda, once more.
Debates have risen robustly following this recommendation with both health experts and political bigwigs terming it “unnecessary and political”.
James William Mugeni who’s a Medical Clinical Officer and a Certified Public Manager in his opinion published by TND News, opines that health professionals don’t carry out presidential directives
“….the second lockdown talked about should not be done minus audit lessons from the first lockdown. Strong lessons which must include a change of strategies and players must be considered,” he says.
“And anyone advocating for the second phase of lockdown should provide answers to the many questions the public has about the first lockdown. Is it true people are not adhering to instructions for the prevention of Covid-19 and if so why? What do we think should be done as a country, not individuals in the second lockdown?” Mr Mugeni added.
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The country recorded fourteen new virus cases out of 3,041 samples tested on Thursday. This brings the total Covid-19 cases to 755.
According to the Ministry of Health, five truck drivers: Two from Busia, one from Mirama Hills, one from Bunagana and one from Lia tested positive.
Nine new cases were among contacts and alerts. Five were contacts from Kampala, three from Kyotera and one from Nebbi districts.
It also says twenty-seven foreign truck drivers tested positive in Uganda and were returned to their respective countries. “Total recoveries at 492,” adds the Ministry.
On Thursday, 1,932 total samples were tested from Points of Entry, 1,109 samples from alerts and contacts.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health says nobody talks about when health workers treat and heal.
“When we treat and heal, no one talks about it. When anything goes wrong during our work, they forget the lives saved and this is what makes news. But let’s keep up the care, commitment and responsibility to our patients because for us it’s a calling. We are special,” Dr Atwine says on Thursday while superintending the discharge of 44 Covid-19 patients from Entebbe Grade B Hospital.
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