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History of managing the Virus in Uganda

Uganda got it first lock-down for 6 month when the first COVID 19 wave came to being when the first person entered in to Uganda through Entebbe International Airport in March 2020 when most of the service sectors were locked down including schools, and Transport sector. This was to stop the rapid spread of the virus that was already spreading and causing death in the world amongst the population.

The countries that fell more of this virus victim were in Europe,  North and South America, were thousands of person have died from the spread of Covid 19 that started from China in Wuhan.

The first victim in Uganda was tested at arrival at Entebbe international airport, leading to lock down as more victims were discovered in the population

Mean time this did not stop the spread of the virus as the trucks were allowed to come into the country from the neighboring countries of Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Congo. The drivers of these trucks were always tested at the border posts and those found with the viruses where turned back and sometimes people from those countries sneaked to Uganda through porous borders hence forth spreading the virus

Out of the total 79,434 positive cases recorded since March 2020, 52,382 have so far been treated using both local remedies and pharmaceutical remedies and have totally recovered. 26,063 remain active with a meager 1,211 cases being critical.

The country went to a second total Lockdown for 42 days that was imposed by the President Yoweri Kaguta Museven on the 07th June, 2021 after the emergence of the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus has so far recorded, 64,096 recoveries, 2,249 deaths from 89,080 positive cases confirmed.

Uganda Tourism sector open to Visitors: In the Process of controlling the rapidly spreading virus, some sectors, are closed including public transport, however tourism is still open to all visitors to go for their different safaris and Tours in the Country like Gorilla Safari, Wildlife Safari, Cultural Tours, Nature walks just the most beautiful activities the country in the pearl can show case in all the 10 National Parks, that Include Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi forest Gorilla Park, Lake Mburo and many others.

Control measures taken by the government through the ministry of Health

Uganda is ranked among the countries that is managing and curbing spread of the virus through various interventions by the government, through the ministry of Health to keep the death rates low. The new rankings by World Statistics website Worldmeter have placed Uganda on top of many developed economies both in Africa and overseas in the management of COVID-19 including our East African counterparts Kenya, West African giants Nigeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Morocco, among others that are managing the COVID-19 pandemic well worldwide, Kenya has so far recorded 3,621 deaths out of 183,603, South Africa has recorded 60,264 deaths, Nigeria stands at 2,120, Morocco stands at 9,292 and Tunisia at 14,843 deaths which looks well managed by the government’s here.

Other control measures include the campaign by the government through the ministry of health to vaccinate the population 21 million people by half of its size of 42 million people in the country. So far about 1 million people have been vaccinated with the donation through the Convax Countries; first and second Vaccine total to 1,139,200 does have been administered to willing members of the public with major emphasis on the elderly and frontline workers.

The ministry also acquired 98 type B and C road ambulances which were distributed to the regions of the country and preventive messages on the local radio stations and television have also played a big role in educating the general public about the standard operating

Countries on the international scene

United States of American in the North leads the log with 619,980 deaths followed by Brazil in South America at 516,119, India in Asia at 398,484, Mexico in the South of America at 232,803 deaths among other nations in the world.

Despite the new spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant, Uganda has continued to manage well to curb the spread of the virus, through various interventions to keep death rates down.

The government policies which are being implemented  and the vigilance of the public to curb, the spread including capacity building by the Ministry of Health to stock health facilities to handle the virus.

Refurbishment of regional referral hospitals which are currently handling the bigger load of COVID-19 cases across the country, by December 2020, a total of 143 Intensive Care Unit- ICU beds complete with ventilators and patient monitors had been secured and distributed to various health facilities across the country.

Facilitated Referral Hospitals that help treatment

In Kampala Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kawempe Hospital North of Kampala, Naguru Hospital, and the other regional Referral Hospitals of Entebbe, Jinja Hospital, St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital in Gulu, Mbale Hospital, Mbarara, Soroti, Lira, Kabale, Hoima, Arua, Bombo, Fortportal, Moroto, Mubende and Gulu Hospitals are the beneficiaries of the facilitation project.

What is Corona Virus (Covid 19?)

This is an infectious disease caused by a virus discovered in coronavirus. The people that fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment, if severe, the patient may end up dying if it’s not treated very well.

How it spreads to the general public

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.

What are the most common symptoms of the Virus?

Fevers, dry cough, tiredness, less common symptoms are: aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes.

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