Coronavirus in Uganda: Over 100 people quarantined after presenting symptoms of Coronavirus
The Ministry of Health has revealed that over 100 people in Uganda have been quarantined after presenting symptoms of Coronavirus.
The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said that the 100 people have been quarantined at isolation centres that’s Entebbe Regional Hospital and Naguru China Friendship Hospital, as experts watch over their health.
“Out of the 100 there are 43 Chinese, the rest are Ugandans, out of these 3 are students. They are quarantined in different places as I mentioned before, the numbers are huge, we cannot quarantine everybody in one place because some people have already been incubating others mayTweet
Dr Aceng adds that the isolation plan involves holding individuals in their homes.
This will apply to anyone coming in from China, for 14 days with constant surveillance by health experts.
“We put you where you have access to food, but it also teaches you to be responsible because you have family, friends and in-laws living with you. So if you are careless, you will infect your loved ones,” Dr Aceng cautioned.Tweet
Coronavirus is an airborne disease, and as a result, the public has been cautioned to avoid close contact with suspected individuals. So far about 24,600 people in 25 countries have contracted the Coronavirus, and out of these about 490 people have died.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative in Uganda, Dr Yonas Tegegn Woidemariam encouraged the public to exercise maximum hygiene including the food they eat, to avoid the spread and contraction of the disease.
“We have to make sure that we have hygiene in the food we cook. Eating raw food has another risk, make sure you eat well-cooked food,” Dr Woldemariam cautioned.Tweet
Now the Ministry of Health is asking the government to provide 25bn shillings to increase preparedness. However, health experts are confident about the country’s capacity to handle the outbreak.
The coronavirus that originated from China Wuhan City, spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.
It presents with common cold symptoms like running nose, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties and in severe cases Pneumonia, Kidney failure and then finally death.
- To avoid infection, the public is advised to avoid close contact with people who are visibly sick with flu-like symptoms.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when experiencing the symptoms to avoid spreading.
- Cover nose, mouth with a handkerchief, when sneezing or coughing.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.