Mak VC Barnabas Nawangwe advises on how Uganda can prevent Coronavirus outbreak
Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe has advised the public to take into action all the necessary precautions as advised by the Government to help in the prevention of deadly Coronavirus outbreak.
Although there are so far no cases of COVID -19 reported in Uganda, the world rate of infection surpassed 98,000 cases as per Thursday, 5th March.
Italy reported 41 new deaths from COVID -19, its highest single-day total to date bringing the number of fatalities to 148.
Italy now has the second number of most deaths from the virus behind China. It is Europe’s most affected country.
This according to Nawangwe calls for much attention on how Uganda as a country can prevent the virus because it has no cure.
Nawangwe who posted the message on his social media platform stated that locals in Uganda should adhere to particular guidelines as given by the Government of Uganda in a bid to fight the deadly disease.
He mentioned that preventive measures including washing hands with soap regularly, avoiding body contact, such as shaking hands and hugging, using sanitizers as well as covering the face when coughing or sneezing in addition to cleaning frequently touched surfaces regularly.
Avoiding crowded places have all been stressed by the government and that people are supposed to act to them if the country is to prevent COVID -19 outbreak.
Here is Prof. Nawangwe’s Statement
We are all now aware of the outbreak of the New Coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Although the World Health Organization has not declared the outbreak of the virus a global pandemic, the virus has been detected in several countries.
All countries, including Uganda, have taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, which has no cure or vaccine.
The Government of Uganda has announced guidelines for the prevention of the spread of Coronavirus. The measures include the following:
- Washing hands with soap regularly
- Avoiding body contacts, such as shaking hands and hugging
- Using sanitizers where available
- Covering the face when coughing or sneezing
- Cleaning frequently touched surfaces regularly
- Avoiding crowded places.
Whereas no case of the COVID-19 Disease has been identified in Uganda, we all must take the necessary precautions as advised by the Government. We are in consultation with the Ministry of Health about procurement of sanitizers for use at the University premises. Management will keep all stakeholders updated about any new developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe