Minister Aceng, stressed that the general public should remain vigilant because a second wave of the COVID-19 infections will be even tougher.
The Ministry of Health has warned Ugandans against relaxing the COVID-19 measures arguing that the second wave of a pandemic is in the corner.
Between the months of November and January towards the general elections, the health ministry on a daily announced massive new infections and cases however since then, the cases being reported every single day have tremendously reduced by more than 70 cases.
While addressing a press conference at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Thursday, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng the health minister defended the case reduction arguing that the few infections are just a close up of the first wave of the pandemic.
She stressed that the general public should remain vigilant because a second wave of the infections will be even tougher.
“Regardless of the reliability of the biological and social explanations, it’s important that Ugandans appreciate that the pandemic comes in waves and the peak period between November 2020 and early January 2021 represented the close of the 1st wave of the pandemic,” Aceng said.
“The falling numbers, therefore, represent a punctuation consistent with our seasonal variation patterns, that is likely to be followed by the emergence of what we shall consider as the 2nd wave.”
On the question of whether Uganda is fairing in terms of tackling the pandemic, Aceng explained that just like most countries globally, Uganda is not yet safe.
“Uganda, just like other countries globally is therefore not yet safe. The 2nd wave might initially occur as isolated surges in different communities and population groups but could also later merge into another singular wave, nationally,” Aceng explained.
She, however, disclosed that Uganda like many other countries it is also carrying out home-based care for COVID-19 patients. She said that the initiative has so far been implemented in 22 districts.
“The 22 districts that are implementing home-based care for COVID-19 patients include Kampala, Mukono, Kamuli, Adjumani, Koboko, Lamwo, Lira, Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, Kalangala, Kasese, Obongi, Bukomasimbi, Madi- Okollo, Bushenyi, Mbale, Kiryandongo, Kabarole, Isingiro, Kamwenge, and Kyegegwa,” Aceng said.
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the health ministry Thursday announced 31 new cases from COVID-19 tests done on 10 February 2021.
As of today, Uganda has registered 39,942 total cases. Of these 14,470 have since recovered from the virus while 328 have succumbed to it.