Uganda alert Coronavirus
It’s reported that a student arrived in Kenya yesterday morning from China and was spotted with symptoms of the virus. Photo/Getty Images

Ministry of Health: Uganda on alert as Coronavirus alarms the world

Parliament of the Republic of Uganda has summoned the Minister of Health, Dr Ruth Jane Acheng to explain the ministry’s position to combat the spread of the Coronavirus that erupted in China and has been seen spreading to different countries.

The virus has so far claimed 160 lives in China with a suspected case quarantined in neighbouring Kenya.

It’s reported that a student arrived in Kenya yesterday morning from China and was spotted to be having symptoms of the Coronavirus at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

The student has now remained in isolation while investigations and laboratory tests continue to be done.

As a result, the Ugandan Parliament has not given any open space for the virus given the fact that China is a destination for the Ugandan business community.

“Most of our people are doing business in China and Chinese are coming here as tourists, as business people and they are landing in Uganda freely moreover the people who are around China in Asia and the whole world, they raise an alert flag,” Apollo Masika, Bubulo East legislator

Following legislators concern, the deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah summoned the line Minister Dr Acheng to report to Parliament and explain the plan for the sector.

“We are taking precautions and measures and she should be able to brief the country latest tomorrow through the representatives of the people here in the House,” Oulanyah said.

“I think in her position she needs to inform the country from this Parliament about what the problem is, she does not need to be prompted on this. So, let her come tomorrow if she’s ready and give the statement because it’s a serious matter.”

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GUAGZHOU, CHINA – JANUARY 22: Citizens wear masks to defend against new viruses on January 22,2020 in Guangzhou, China.The 2019 new coronavirus, known as “2019-nCoV”, was discovered in Wuhan virus pneumonia cases in 2019, and the virus was transmitted from person to person. Currently, confirmed cases have been received in various parts of the world. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Masika then called on the Parliament to push for a restricted entry of Chinese Nationals into Uganda to help combat the risk of the Coronavirus.

“China has already lost something like $180 billion in this shorted period. So the businesses have been interrupted, so I request the government of Uganda to put more alert on our entry points from Kenya everywhere to make sure that nobody enters here with that virus,” Masika sai

Speaking on the matter, Dr Acheng revealed that the ministry of health is on high alert as regards the matter.

“I want to allay your anxiety that there’s no Coronavirus in Uganda, we are very conversant that our traders go to China but our traders don’t usually go to Wuhan City, they usually go to a city of business that many of you know about, areas in Beijing and Gwangju, but we are not

Acheng says a team of health workers have been deployed at entry points and all entries screened before entering Uganda.

Coronavirus is transmitted between animals and people, but experts believe human to human transmission is also possible.

However, the situation is still worrying, because the Coronavirus has no vaccine so far.

Countries so far affected by the Coronavirus include; German, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Canada, Malaysia, Australia, Nepal, France, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, US, Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand and latest Kenya.