Museveni coronavirus outbreak in Uganda
Museveni directs health ministry to educate Ugandans on coronavirus. Photo/PPU

Museveni directs health ministry to educate Ugandans on tackling coronavirus

President Yoweri Museveni has called for the Ministry of Health’s intervention to ensure that Uganda is free and safe from the recent outbreak of coronavirus.

While meeting government officials to discuss issues concerning among others to ensure that Uganda as a country is in a proper position to deal with any outbreak of the insects or the virus.

Coronavirus in China was reported a few weeks back following several sudden deaths mainly in Wuhan city. Many countries including Germany, USA among others came up with various measures among others to try and help their citizens out of China.

The virus has no cure or vaccine and is currently being treated using supportive measures.

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 427 people have died with more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the world, most being in China, however, no incidents have been reported across Africa or Latin America.

During the meeting that took place at State House Entebbe, Museveni who ordered the health minister, Dr Ruth Achieng to devise campaigns of educating masses implied that he is aware of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Museveni made the remarks while meeting health officials who took him through a thorough screening against the coronavirus strain at Entebbe Airport as they returned from Angola, which has been declared as a highly risky country in the face of the rampant contagion.

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Uganda won’t evacuate its citizens from China as Coronavirus spreads to more countries. File Photo

He further said that he is in support of the ambassador’s plan to see that all Ugandans currently in China remain there since the Chinese government has already put up strategies to ensure that the disease is prevented.

Earlier this week, Dr Crispus Kiyonga who is the country’s ambassador to China said that evacuating locals requires a lot of preparations and expenses and in the end, it might result in negative implications like spreading the virus.

Kiyonga said that the country has accepted to deny any travels to and from China at the moment until the situation is curbed.

‘’Evacuating Ugandans from China now requires a lot of preparations and has grave implications. There are no flights to Wuhan now. If you evacuate 100 people, you may have to isolate them in a whole village,’’ Kiyonga stated earlier in response to a question whether they evacuate

“just like we have advised the Chinese in Uganda not to go to China and the Chinese in china not to come to Uganda, even our embassy officials are not allowed to visit Wuhan because there is no reason for them going there,’’ he added.

By John Dalton Kigozi