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Experts puzzled by Ugandans' complacency towards coronavirus

Overcrowding in Kikuubo after private cars were allowed back on the road. Photo: Courtesy

Overcrowding in Kikuubo after private cars were allowed back on the road. Photo: Courtesy

The overcrowding in downtown Kampala amid coronavirus outbreak pandemic is worrying ministry of Health officials. 
The permanent secretary ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine says following the partial easing of the lockdown on Tuesday when private cars were allowed back on the road after more than two months, Ugandans have become even more complacent and are not adhering to coronavirus prevention methods.
Atwine warns that there is likely to be a spike in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 following the partial easing of the lockdown. Uganda currently has 329 confirmed coronavirus cases with 72 recoveries and no deaths yet. 
Atwine says ministry of Health surveillance teams are reporting overcrowding in many places especially in downtown Kampala and food markets which make it hard for physical distancing to be respected. Atwine added that many people are also not wearing face masks while in public. 

She says after all surveillance teams from various parts of the country hand in their reports this weekend, the ministry will brainstorm on how best to move forward especially on which modalities can populated places like markets and business centres adopted to respect issues like social distancing.

The plan, she said, is to invite in proposals and guidance from sister agencies like Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) and other expert institutions like Makerere University. 

Experts at Makerere University have already criticized the ministry for lifting strategies that are being used elsewhere into Uganda yet countries have different social and economic setups. 

Dr Joseph Matovu, a behavioural scientist and senior research associate at Makerere's school of public health calls for homegrown interventions that are zeroed on putting into consideration of local workplaces. 

Experts fear that overcrowding will even get worse once arcades and public transport are reopened next week on June 4. 

In an earlier interview, Dr Daniel Okello KCCA acting director for public health and environment said they were working on new policies for arcades among which is requiring every arcade owner to hire surveillance personnel for each of the arcades to monitor people entering and exiting.


+2 #1 Tig 2020-05-30 09:50
I feel that E.A Governments should procure PPE for the track drivers, sanitize and sensitize them on how to better protect themselves just as the health workers at the front line.

If the numbers keep on increasing its going to put a strain on the already fragile health system. I thank everyone for the tireless effort to save Uganda.
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+3 #2 WADADA rogers 2020-05-30 17:04
I cant blame Ugandans for behaving the way they are behaving, either way, it is life and death, what is the logic in staying home to starve when you can work, get covid 19 and get treated. whichever way, there is a risk of dying
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0 #3 Amooti Mugi 2020-05-30 22:29
Quoting WADADA rogers:
I cant blame Ugandans for behaving the way they are behaving, either way, it is life and death, what is the logic in staying home to starve when you can work, get covid 19 and get treated. whichever way, there is a risk of dying

Likely the hardest hit and desperate Ugandans are the ones for whom there is no difference between being China flu free, or being infected with China flu...

The photograph above of Kikuubo traders is a testament to the negligence and indifference Africans Usually have!!

It's amazing how many people in that congestion have no masks and are not apprehended!!!! Despite the government directive to wear masks in public!!!
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0 #4 Akot 2020-05-31 19:51
Why are experts not puzzled by Europe doing NOTING to ensure WHO/developed well governed countries' experts are sent to China as 'Urgency', immediately the virus started killing people?

Why is Europe silent to China refusal to International Community experts to enter China, work to find out the origin/source of covid-19.

USA should not just walk out of WHO, but UN too, to save shithole Africa that will then wake up to ensure good rule!

Why call it WHO when it has no right to be at the right place at the right time to ensure the world is kept safe by knowing origins/sources of viruses?

Would WHO have gone silent if covid-19 had sparked up in USA/Europe/Africa & not deployed every means & expertise on the ground?
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0 #5 Akot 2020-05-31 20:05
Tig, thanks.

But, Ugandans MUST now know how vulnerable they are, depending on Museveni who controls every thing, while they are powerless & have to wait for his mercy!

Kirya already said Museveni is the virus that Ugandans MUST get rid of if they want a future at all!

Uganda borders, air space MUST be closed, before things get worse. Confining Ugandans won't keep them safe from contamination by those entering the country, just as Europeans were contaminated by Chinese entering their countries!

European air spaces are still closed, borders are opening slowly with screenning of every body!

USA, like Brazil are heavily affected by covid-19 because they ignored the danger of the virus & Africa is doing the same!
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0 #6 Akot 2020-05-31 20:21
WADADA rogers, thanks.

Ugandans MUST say NO & NOW to the tribalistic system ensuring they are powerless face to Museveni!

UNITY around mp Bobi Wine will give chance to go streight for:

-Tribal States & make their tribal lands "independent countries", or

- Reformation of the Republic.

Ugandans had no National Leadership when Amin was overthrown, but the National Executive Consultative Council, through Chairman E. Rugumayo & appointed president Binaisa, gave chance to peaceful election & transfer of power!

Who will cause war if Ugandans bring down the tribalistic system & UNITE to say NO to Museveni?

Covid-19 is golden chance for Ugandans to see how powerless, hopless, vulnerable... they are under Museveni & they MUST bring an end to his rule, NOW!

Ugandans have no time, no reason to just wait to die without a fight & this fight is just UNITY!
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