The Minister for Health has praised President Museveni for his outstanding role in fighting the ongoing outbreak of the COVID-19.
The Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng has commended President Yoweri Museveni for the tremendous role he has played in fighting the spread of the COVID-19.
Following the outbreak of the pandemic in Uganda in March 2020, President Museveni immediately ordered the enforcement of strict measures including the lockdown and curfew to limit people’s movement that could have possibly resulted in the further spread of the virus.
This according to Aceng was evident the president was fundamental in controlling mass infections as witnessed in other countries.
Aceng who was giving an update about the COVID-19 status in the country on Thursday reminded that the president on top of declaring COVID-19 a national emergency on 18th March 2020, he organized weekly addresses to educate Ugandans about the virus and how it spreads.
“H.E The President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who has always supported, guided and educated the public during the several outbreaks Uganda has had, strengthened the response interventions, by declaring COVID-19 a national emergency on 18th March 2020”- Aceng reminded.
Also, she said the president spearheaded the local manufacture of masks and sanitisers and protective gears for health workers which have up to date made it easy for all Ugandans to access these materials with ease.
“H E the President constituted a National Task force to guide and ensure a multi-sectoral response. He has addressed the nation on COVID 19 over 20 times and continues to give guidance to date,” the Minister said.
“He encouraged and promoted local manufacturing of the Protective wear and sanitizers in country which reduced on access challenges and lead time. He promoted and financed research into therapeutics and vaccines and continues to reach out to the population to remind them to get vaccinated and follow the SOPs.”
Aceng further disclosed that the president was also instrumental in engaging masses and companies countrywide to join the fight against the pandemic. She said many individuals and organizations donated relief items from foodstuffs to cars.
“The Ministry of Health was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and response from the population. Individuals from all walks of life contributed in-kind, supplies, food, vehicles, cash and technical support to the pandemic. I wish to appreciate the private sector, the business community and the entire population for this rare display of patriotism and compassion”
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when vaccination for the COVID-19 is still ongoing countrywide. Dr Aceng said that as of 25th March, 32,526, people had received their first jab of the vaccine.
She said the government targets to see all Ugandans get vaccinated in a bid to put an end to the spread of the pandemic.
“We are going to cascade this vaccination until the entire population is covered to prevent severe disease and death. The Ministry is currently vaccinating health workers, teachers, and people aged 70 years and above concurrently against COVID-19.”