The Ministry of health is preparing to announce a series of measures that the country will follow in order to keep safe from the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba, Uganda has entered a critical phase of the pandemic, which calls for a new approach to stem the spread of the virus.
While the East African nation recorded its first case of the virus in March, it instituted a number of measures, including a partial lockdown at an early stage, which limited the spread in the first seven months.
This has seen the county win global acclaim for efforts on combating the virus, which has severely wrecked economics globally. The Lancet medical journal has ranked the Uganda among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of suppressing the spread of Covid-19 as of August 2020.
According to CNN, the ranking was based on the number of new coronavirus cases per million population per day, averaged over the 31 days of August, of countries with “sufficient data.”
According to the report, Uganda under the stewardship of President Yoweri Museveni ranked the 10th best country in suppressing the spread of coronavirus.
However, of recent, community spread has surged and this could become worse, considering schools will be reopening in the coming months. Meanwhile, the minister urged Ugandans to continue to observing guidelines that are already in place as they await new guidelines from the ministry.
“As we wait for guidance from Ministry of Health, I want to call upon everyone to take seriously, what we have learnt on preventing the virus. Your goal should be avoiding getting the virus because it is going to be impossible to have everyone tested or even treated,” she said.
“You the individual and community at large have the power to control the spread of the virus.”