As the holiday season draws nearer , the number of Ugandans suffering from the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has grown to 27,071 cases and at least 220 people have died according to official figures released by the Minister of Information and National Guidance, Ms. Judith Nabakooba.

Nabakooba in her weekly  media briefing at Enro Hotel in Mityana , said that COVID-19 pandemic is a security matter because it is a dangerous disease that is spreading at a fast rate  and claiming lives of many Ugandans.

“Let us therefore support the police and other agencies in ensuring that the danger of COVID-19 is minimized,”  the Minister said and called upon people  to cancel the traditional Christmas and end of year travels to the  villages in order not to spread coronavirus to the vulnerable population especially the old people who live in the country  side.

“Majority of the elderly people in the villages are already vulnerable. “You can celebrate with them by calling and using the available Mobile Money options instead of risking yours and their health.  The best way to share love this season is by everyone staying at home and following the guidelines against COVID-19,”she added.

She also reiterated medical experts  advise for people to undertake medical tests and know their  medical status. “Information about your general health situation will help you to prevent and manage COVID-19 better.”

The Minister regrated to note that majority of people have abandoned the SOPs that were set by government to stem the spread of COvid -19  .

 “Many people continue to use their masks as necklaces instead of the recommended way. Masks are supposed to cover the chin (emba), mouth and nose all the time when in public. Others have completely stopped washing hands with soap. I call upon everyone to say no COVID-19,” Nabakooba said..

Ministry of Health officials and the Management of Mulago hospital has reported a lack of space in medical facilities following the high numbers of Covid-19 patients. Mulago hospital is  running  out of medical oxygen and the ICU facilities are all occupied .  

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