While attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda, President Museveni almost contracted the deadly Covid-19.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said he nearly got infected with the deadly Covid-19 while attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda.
Museveni made the remarks on Wednesday during a televised address to the nation. He urged Ugandans to continue adhering to the SoPs and also get vaccinated because the virus is still in existence.
“I almost got corona because in the main meeting, I was very careful, I put on my mask, but when we went for a smaller meeting, I relaxed a bit and I removed the mask and I was sitting with Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of Britain and a man from Tuvalu, a small island with 12,000 people and the man had corona. I sat with him for almost one and a half hours,” Museveni said.
Museveni narrated that when he returned to the country, he rushed to Ntungamo where he did rapid tests and also self-isolated for five days.
“I quarantined myself like for four to five days and I had no problem. So this could be because of this vaccination. Definitely, I was sitting near this man and he even spoke, he didn’t cough but he spoke as part of the contribution but you find that I was not affected, why, for me I think it was because of the vaccination,” Museveni said.
Going on he called on the 4.9 million Ugandans who have not yet been vaccinated and also the 5.9 million Ugandans who have received only one dose to also go and get the second dose.
He said the current update of Covid-19 infections in the country shows there were only three patients in the hospitals as of Tuesday, with two being admitted at Mulago and one in Masaka.
Museveni said last week, that positive cases have been recorded from 24 districts with the leading districts being Kampala, Wakiso, and Mubende.
But said the positivity rate has remained below 5%, meaning the country has averted the 4th wave.
“The COVID-19 situation in Uganda, because you listened to my technical team, has been controlled. You reap what you sow. I told you frankly that if we aren’t strict, people will die,” Museveni.
“Unfortunately, 5.9 million Ugandans have received only one dose, and 4.6 million people have not been vaccinated at all despite government efforts to bring the vaccine closer to the people.”
To ensure vaccinated numbers are boosted in the country, he said the government is going to start vaccinating children aged between 12 and 17 during the forthcoming holiday period, but with the consent of their parents.
Museveni also revealed he has directed the Prime Minister to work out a schedule for all Ministers to go and sensitize the people about the COVID19 vaccines like it was done with the Parish Development Model.
“I am informed that many of you have not been happy ever since we announced plans to vaccinate the bazzukulu (grandchildren) aged 12 and 17 years. As you have seen this disease, affects everyone, including children.
The problem with the children is that they can easily pick the virus from school and bring it back to their parents and grandparents, in addition, those with comorbidities die,” he added.