President Museveni has this Sunday night declared Uganda’s ‘victory’ against the global COVID-19 but experts continue to call for caution.
“One year now, we have succeeded. In other countries, they have lost a lot of people,” said Museveni.
“I think as I speak, more than 2 million people have died in the world, and more than 100 million have been infected,” he said.
“Here, because you listened to our advice, in the last 12 months, we have had 40,581 infected by this virus. 12,313 have recovered and been discharged. The ones who have died are only 334. This is a big success for which we need to congratulate ourselves but also to thank God for listening to our prayers,” said Museveni.
Uganda has since started its vaccination campaign, targeting 49.6% of the population which is about 21,936,011 people.
Each phase is planned to cover 20% of the population which is about 4,387,202 people. The eligible population lies in the age range of 18 years and above.
While the president is quick to claim success, experts last week said more work needs to be done to contain the pandemic.
Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng said after vaccination, the public will still be required to continue following the preventive measures.
“The general population should continue following the Standard Operating Procedures in order to prevent COVID-19 infections,” said Aceng.
Notably, Kenya, which had registered a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases, was recently hit with a third wave of the pandemic.
Nevertheless, Museveni said the reasons for success include implementation of strict measures and excellent management in the health facilities.
He said infected persons recovered “because they were few. Had they been many as it happened in other countries, many people would have died.”
“As I speak today in the whole of Uganda, we have got only 24 corona patients in the hospitals, in the whole country.”
Out of the 24 cases, Museveni said only 8 are severe.
Museveni also announced that Uganda will buy more of AstraZeneca doses.
“We are going to buy More doses of that. Vaccinations have started. Up to now, 1,215 people have been vaccinated. I have not yet been vaccinated nor has Janet (First Lady). This is because we wanted to start with people who are at high risk,” he said.
The Government, on Friday, March 5, 2021 received 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, shipped via the COVAX facility – the world’s facility for universal access to COVID-19 vaccines.
The Government would later receive another 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca, donated by the Government of India.
A few categories have been outlined by Government to be vaccinated first. These include; frontline health workers, security forces among others.