namboole treating base for covid-19 patients
President Museveni said Namboole National stadium is going to be used as a treating base for COVID-19 patients. FILE PHOTO

President Museveni said Namboole National stadium is going to be used as a treating base for COVID-19 patients.

President Yoweri Museveni has stressed that the Namboole National stadium is going to be used as a treating base for COVID-19 patients in case of a rapid increase in the number of infections.

While presiding over the 31st National Heroes’ Day celebration yesterday, Museveni said that they have already embarked on designing proper health facilities in the stadium to act as another gazetted treating area in case of mass infections.

Following yesterday’s confirmation of an additional 11 new COVID-19 cases, Uganda’s total case count now lies at 657 cases with even more cases expected in coming days according to experts.

As a way forward, the President said that the government has embarked on plans to step up its treatment bed numbers to 40,000 to be in a position to accommodate a big number of patients at the same time.

“Health officials were planning for health facilities with 9000-bed capacity, but I advised them to plan for 40,000-bed capacity and places like the Namboole Stadium are already being prepared to treat a big number of people if cases continue to rise,” Museveni said.

namboole treating base for covid-19 patients
President Museveni said Namboole National stadium is going to be used as a treating base for COVID-19 patients. FILE PHOTO

Relatively, the President said that if the numbers escalate even further then they will have to overwhelm the hospitals and have patients who are not bad enough be treated from their homes.

“If the numbers are too big, then they will overwhelm even the big place we have prepared,” Museveni added before calling upon Ugandans more so those whose businesses were allowed to reoperate to respect and adhere to the MOH guidelines in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The President noted with concern that the majority of Ugandans have forgotten and neglected guidelines in place such as washing hands with soap, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks while in public.

He warned that the victims are putting their own lives in danger and should not blame him and his government because they have done enough to create awareness about how to prevent and fight the virus.

Meanwhile, the President was presiding over the 31st National Heroes’ Day celebrations. This year’s celebrations were supposed to be held in Lyantonde District, however, following the coronavirus pandemic they were held scientifically at State House, Entebbe.

According to Esther Mbayo, the Minister for the Presidency, giving out medals was not done physically due to the pandemic but stressed that each individual meant to receive a medal will get one when the situation stabilizes.