Uganda’s Ministry of Health says lifting lockdown will not be abrupt, hinting on a further extension.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has once again stressed that lifting of the lockdown will not be done abruptly because it can easily pose a threat to the lives of many Ugandans in case it is not done the rightfully.
While addressing the country about the coronavirus pandemic yesterday, the health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng implied that lifting of the lockdown will be done in phases starting with the areas that are not susceptible to spreading the virus.
According to Dr Aceng, because of the drastic measures imposed earlier by the government to try and mitigate the spread of the virus, the country has been able to register fewer cases among the community members and as a result, they do not want all these efforts to go to waste because of the lifting of the lockdown.
Aceng said Ugandans must continue following all the particular directives and guidelines in place as the phased easing of the lockdown will be decided by the government after enough evidence that the virus does not spread again.
‘’I want Ugandans to understand that if we lift the lockdown abruptly you will lose your life. Your efforts will go to the drain. Let’s stay alive, the economy will come later. We don’t want any Ugandan to die of COVID-19. It is important to stay alive to build the economy.
‘’We must not allow the gains we have achieved in the fight against COVID-19 to go to the drain. We must follow the guidelines as the phased easing of the lockdown takes place,’’ Aceng said giving an example of the ongoing two weeks lockdown where it was decided that some businesses like hardware shops and restaurants operate again.
She pinpointed that this ongoing eased two-week lockdown has allowed even more essential workers to resume their works again.
However, she warned that many other shop owners more so those who are supposed to be non-operational at this time are defying this directive by opening their businesses.
Aceng advised that this is not a good act for those particular individuals because they are risking their precious lives.
‘I want to advise that your health is your responsibility. I want to thank the entire population for implementing the presidential directives. I would like to appreciate the general population for adhering to the 35 presidential directives and guidelines by the MOH. Remember to wash your hands with soap.’’