UGANDA – Update on the Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Report from the Director General, Health Services. MOH – Uganda

In a press statement released by the Ministry  of Health, the officials  would  like to  update the  general public on the  resurgence situation of COVID-19 in the country and the ongoing vaccination program.

As of today, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases stand at 44,594.  Active cases  on admission are 194 while  cumulative  recoveries  (home-based care and health facility based)  stand at 43,401.   Sadly,  361 people  have passed  on due to COVID-19.

It’s  obvious  from  our  statistics  that  the  number   of  cases  and  deaths  are increasing. Our data shows that the most affected age group is 20-39 years old and the intensity of severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients is higher  than what we experienced in the 1st wave of the pandemic. In the first wave, it took us 3-4 months to get to the full blown pandemic, while in the 2nd wave, it has taken us less than 10 days. The increase in the  number of cases  coupled  with deaths is largely  due  to complacency  in adhering to the COVID-19 public health prevention measures.

The districts that have reported the highest number of cases in the last 14 days are; Kampala,  Wakiso,  Gulu, Amur, Moroto, Arua, Mbale, Masaka, Oyam  and Kalungu.  However,  this does  not mean  that the other districts are  not  affected,  the  above   mentioned  districts  have  been  vigilant  in carrying out surveillance testing  and reporting.  The same  or even worse could be happening  elsewhere.

This,  therefore,  calls for vigilance  and maximum  responsibility from all of us to avoid being another statistic in this deadly pandemic.

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