President Museveni said experts in Uganda have also started doing their research in developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.
President Museveni has given hope to Ugandans that in a space of about 18 months the vaccine for the deadly coronavirus will have been discovered.
With the deadly coronavirus still claiming many lives globally, many countries have already embarked on the search for its virus.
During his address to the nation on Monday, Museveni said that Uganda as a country is also not left behind, he said experts in the country have also started doing their research in developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.
Museveni who was responding to three questions of whether COVID-19 can be vaccinated, treated and avoided by behaviour implied that all these three are possible in fighting this virus.
He said the virus can be treated however there is no specific medicine but an infected patient can recover in case his or her immune system is strong.
“As regards to the virus, it can be treated although there is no specific medicine, the body needs to be strong. It is understood that Uganda’s index case (announced on March 21) took 16 days to successfully get treated,” Museveni said.
“However, the vaccine is still being worked on globally – even here in Uganda. Working on the vaccine will take some 18 months.”
For the meantime, Museveni advised Ugandans to adhere to all directives from the MOH including social distancing, regularly sanitizing surfaces, eating fruits and vegetables, and for people who are sneezing and coughing to self-isolate in their homes and contact medical authorities if their condition worsens.
He urged all those individuals suspecting to be having the virus instead of travelling to these health centres themselves for a checkup, they should rather contact the MOH on phone to avoid spreading the virus to others.
President Museveni added that the disease is very infectious to those who do not take necessary precautions. He said it is only God who has protected us and he will continue protecting us as long as we put all the directives given into play.
“Is this diseases very infectious? Yes, if you do not take precautions. It is God that has protected us and will continue to protect us as long as we do out part of adhering to the measures in place,” Museveni added.
“I salute you again on account of what you have done. We have avoided images of coffins and coffins and coffins – as we have seen abroad.”
Museveni was speaking on Uganda’s next course of action in dealing with coronavirus pandemic, he said it would be important to maintain the lockdown for more days because it has helped them understand the virus better and what can be done.
“The lockdown was for us to understand the problem better and also to prepare better. The real issue is immunisation – getting a vaccine, which is being done,” Museveni said.
He added; “What is available now is prevention and the treatment in the available hospitals.”