President Museveni has said Uganda is making tangible progress on finding a therapeutic solution to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc in the country.
“We are moving very well. We now have the ability to make own diagnostics. We seem to be moving on therapeutics,” said Museveni on Friday evening.
The President’s remarks come against the backdrop of the introduction of COVIDEX therapeutic drug in Ugandan pharmacies.
Museveni has since denied giving a green light to the mass production of Covidex.
The National Drug Authority insists Covidex must go through several stages before public usage.
However, observers say Covidex, which many say has healed COVID-19 patients, could turn out as the silver bullet in the war against COVID-19.
“Apparently, we seem to have some things not in other parts of the world. Some of our Scientists are beginning to see the values,” said Museveni during national prayers at State House Entebbe without providing details.
“Just waiting for some days, maybe weeks, we may have some solutions. Our people are also working on our vaccines,” he said.
The President quickly emphasized the urgent need to observe preventive measures issued by the Health Ministry to prevent further spread of the deadly virus.
“I want to appeal to you please. Be careful, listen to the strategy of avoiding until we get to the vaccine and treatment. What we are doing is temporarily strategy,” he said.
Results of COVID-19 tests done on 23 June 2021 confirmed 1,025 new cases and 49 new deaths.
Museveni said 846 people have so far succumbed to the virus since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020.
The Ministry of Heath put the cumulative confirmed cases at 76,562
The President singled out intransigence of some people in the fight against the pandemic which has led to soaring infections among the public.
“When it started, I shouted to you. I blew the horn as your leader. On 18th of March, I told you how to avoid the virus. When the Archbishop of Canterbury came here I did not shake his hands. They said there were blessings there, I said no,” he said.
The President said even with the carelessness, 846 people have died in one and a half years, most of them in the last two weeks.
“In New York city over 1,000 were dying everyday. Why, because we had listened to the command of God…establish dominion over nature,” he said.
The President acknowledged that Church leaders were not mentioned as essential workers.
“Is parental work essential work? For example, me giving guidance to my children, is it essential or not? Parental Work/Grandfatherly work essential? Probably when discussing this we should decide whether it’s just essential or must be urgent. The whole strategy of avoiding is reducing numbers. If you say so many are essential, then what do you do? Issue is numbers and crowding,” he said.
The prayers were held under the theme “God is our refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble,” (Psalms 46:1).
“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you, and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allah (alone) let believers put their trust,” (Holy Quran 3:160)
The main celebrant was Apostle Dr. Joseph Serwadda, the presiding Apostle Born Again Faith in Uganda.
The prayers were held via zoom from six selected worship places including Gaddafi National Mosque, Old Kampala (Uganda Muslim Supreme Council), All Saints Cathedral, Kampala (Church of Uganda), St. Nicholas Cathedral, Namungoona (Uganda Orthodox Church), SDA Church, Kireka Hill (Seventh-day Adventist Uganda Union), St. Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga Kampala (Uganda Episcopal Conference) and the Miracle Centre Cathedral, Rubaga (Bon Again, Pentecostal and Evangelicals).
Sheik Ramadhan Mubajje, urged government to investigate the prohibitive cost of COVID 19 test and treatment especially in private health facilities, describing it as exploitation where they look at the sick as a business.
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni gave the closing prayer.
“We have faced many challenges over the years, whether they be social, economic or political. In every situation, as we have called on Your Name, You have been Faithful to hear and answer us. You delivered us from HIV, from Kony, from Ebola, Marburg, locusts, floods, landslides, floating islands and so many other threats and challenges. It is because of your mercy that we are not consumed,” she prayed.
The prayer session was also attended by the Vice President Hon. Jessica Alupo, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanj
a and the clergy.