China vows to support Uganda in the fight against COVID-19 as cases rise to 48
The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zheng Zhuqiang says China is behind Uganda in this fight against COVID-19 spread by rendering assistance through Naguru China-Uganda Friendship Hospital.
As of today, COVID-19 cases in Uganda as of today stands at 48 cases no death no recovery. This number shot to 48 yesterday after His Excellency the President reported three more cases on Friday evening 4 April 2020.
President Museveni made the announcement shortly after the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng briefed him shortly before the closure of his address to the nation on the status of coronavirus in Uganda.
In his announcement, the President said the three additional patients were among the total number of 419 samples tested on Friday.
“Two of these came from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and were in quarantine, and one came from the United States of America.”
Now China, where coronavirus originated from, has urged the Uganda government to copy the way the Chinese government handled the outbreak to prevent its spread.
The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zheng Zhuqiang said COVID-19 is preventable and controllable if the government adopts robust interventions to curb its spread.
Zhuqiang says right from the very start of COVID-19 outbreak, China undertook robust measures immediately that’s why they managed to stop its spread in the shortest period.
“We have acted according to the overall principles of shoring up confidence, strengthening unity, ensuring science-based control and treatment and imposing targeted measures. We have mobilized the whole nation, set up collective control and treatment mechanisms and acted with openness and transparency,” Zhuqiang said.
“What we fought was a people’s war against the outbreak. We have put up a strenuous struggle and made tremendous sacrifices,” Zhuqiang added.
Zhuqiang adds that China is behind Uganda in this fight against COVID-19 spread by rendering assistance through Naguru China-Uganda Friendship Hospital.
“Chinese medical team is assisting China-Uganda Friendship Hospital in Naguru, a designated hospital for confirmed cases of Uganda, and the Ugandan general public in their fight against the pandemic,” Zhuqiang said.
Further, Zhuqiang said he is ever in constant communication with government officials in China via video conferencing on how China can assist Uganda during this pandemic.
“We have relayed those requests to our headquarters immediately, with our strong proposals. I am confident that more support from China will be on its way to Uganda,” Zhuqiang said.
He then argued world economies to prevent economic recession by working together to counter the negative impacts of COVID-19 disease since production and demand have been slowed down.
Zhuqiang in his view said COVID-19 is preventable, controllable and curable giving an example of his country China which managed to prevent new infections.
He said COVID-19 knowledge centre created by China is available online open to the world adding that research, development of drugs, vaccines and testing capabilities to get the cure can be speeded up if all countries pull together their strength and capabilities.
Various Chinese companies in Uganda have offered support to fight COVID-19 spread.
These include; Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations, Huawei Chongqing International Construction Corporation and China Railway 7th Group Liaoshen Industrial Park in Kapeeka operated by Chinese investors.
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 200 countries globally, with almost 1.1 million people infected with the virus.
More than 59,000 deaths and 229,151 recoveries recorded worldwide according to John Hopkins University.
The USA, the current epicentre of the virus has more than 277,000 cases and more than 7,100 deaths.