Don't relax the COVID-19 measures - Minister Aceng
Health Minister, Hon Jane Ruth Aceng. FILE PHOTO

Aceng has urged Ugandans to remain compliant to all the COVID-19 measures in place aimed at curbing it’s spread.

As the coronavirus continues to fast spread in the country, the Health Minister, Hon Jane Ruth Aceng has urged Ugandans to remain compliant to all the COVID-19 measures in place aimed at curbing it’s spread.

“Deaths due to COVID-19 is within our families and friends. It’s our individual and collective responsibility to practice safe behaviors,” Minister Aceng tweeted calling upon all individuals to observe the SOPs.

“Please maintain social distance and avoiding gatherings and crowds also always wear a face mask when in public and not forgetting ensuring good hand hygiene,” Aceng added.

Her message comes at a time when the Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed 45 new cases from COVID-19 tests done on 01 February 2021.

This now pushes the total number of confirmed cases in Uganda to 39,651. Of these, 14,229 people have since been discharged from various referral hospitals countrywide after they recovered from the virus while 325 have succumbed to it.

“Results of COVID-19 tests done on 01 February 2021 confirm 45 new cases. The cumulative confirmed cases are 39,651.

The breakdown of the new cases are 45 contacts (7) and alerts (20): Wakiso (14) Kampala (17) Butaleja (4) Bugiri (2) Nebbi (2) Mbarara (1) Amuru (3) Luwero (1) Kibuku (1),” part of a statement read from the Ministry.

Don't relax the COVID-19 measures - Minister Aceng
Health Minister, Hon Jane Ruth Aceng. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when a cabinet meeting held Monday disclosed that Uganda will purchase up to 18 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India.

In a statement, the Cabinet said that priority for allocation of the virus will be given to very old persons, health workers and other high-risk individuals.

Each individual according to the cabinet will be expected to receive two doses which are separated by 28 days with each dose costing 7 US dollars (about 25,800 shs) which will amount to USD 14 per person, for the two doses.

“The Ministry of Health working together with the National Medical Stores (NMS) has placed an order of eighteen million (18,000,000) doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India,” part of a statement from cabinet read.

“The vaccine will be used to vaccinate persons from the age of 50 years and above, persons will underlying health conditions, health workers, security personnel, teachers, and other essential social service providers.”