By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Thursday, March 5, 2020.
The government of Uganda on March 3, 2020, issued guidelines for public gatherings. These gatherings include political rallies, church services all in the bid to protect its citizens from contracting Coronavirus.
The new guidelines stipulate that every person who intends to hold a public gathering will have to first notify security and the healthy ministries for clearance on compliance with prevention guidelines set by the health ministry.
This was declared by State Minister for Primary Health Care, Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu at the government media center. “Every gathering must get clearance from the ministry. If you are organizing a mass gathering without asking the ministry of health, we have the power to stop you,” Kaducu said.
The Minister said organizers should have basic surveillance equipment and other safety tools to be eligible for clearance. Among the preventive measures, Kaducu said the organizers have to temperature scanners and alcohol-based sanitizers.
“There should be an entry point where people are screened and also people in place who will screen. People with flu-like symptoms should stay home to avoid infecting others,” Kaducu advised.
Moriku said over 700 travelers have been isolated. Out of these, 499 are Chinese, 150 Ugandans, while 73 are from other countries. Coronavirus, which broke out in Wuhan China in December last year, has since spread to over 60 countries, including African countries.
Uganda by press time had not confirmed any cases of Coronavirus but the leaders including the Head of State, Yoweri Museveni and Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng have come up to caution Ugandans against high-risk behaviours that could facilitate the transmission of the virus easily.
Amidst the spark of the virus, Uganda has remained with international doors open which put it at a high risk of contracting the contagious Coronavirus.