Everything started on 19th of March 2020, when the Uganda Government banned all public gathering entertainments events, churches, services, and weddings with more than ten people for a period of one month to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19.
The strong measures were announced by President YOWERI MUSEVENI, as he addressed the country on government intentions to slow the spread of COVID-19 which is fast spreading in East AFRICA.
Despite the country not registering any case of COVID-19 then, Museveni said big masses of people gathered in group and in close proximity are push factor for spreading the virus.
Museveni said government has resolved to suspend schools, from primary level to the University for a Period of 32 days. All these institutions without exception should close to be able to contain the virus.
The government has also prohibited religious gatherings, including mass prayers, with immediate effect. The president said prayers will be continuing in homes and urged religious leaders to use media, TVs and Radios.
Political or cultural public meeting including rallies, conferences, and elections have also been prohibited. The list of banned gatherings also includes funerals, monthly markets for living stocks.
Regarding travelling, Uganda has also declared a ban on all Uganda national outband to and through the countries identified as high risks. These countries include Italy, France, south Korea, China, US, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, German, Spain, Norway, Austria, Pakistan and San Marino.
On the public transport, the president appealed to the public to desist from using public means of transport since it involves confined spaces.
Regarding the current situation of COVID -19 in Uganda, As of 17th April 2020, the Ministry of Health confirms four (4) new cases of COVID-19 out of the 300 samples that were tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 52 in the country. The confirmed cases were in quarantine at the time of test and did not show any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The new cases include:
- A 22 year old Ugandan male, resident of Kikokiro, Wakiso who arrived from Dubai, UAE on 22nd March, 2020
- A 66 year old Ugandan female, resident of Luzira, Kampala who arrived from Dubai, UAE on 22nd March 2020
- A 65 year old Ugandan female, resident of Jinja who arrived from Dubai, UAE on 22nd March 2020
- A 26 year old Ugandan male, resident of Rubaga, Kampala who arrived from Dubai, UAE on 22nd March 2020. 377 individuals have been discharged from institutional quarantine. A total of 602 are under institutional quarantine while 834 contacts to the confirmed cases are under follow up.
All the 48 confirmed COVID- 19 cases are in stable condition at Mulago National Specialized Hospital, Entebbe Grade B Hospital, Adjumani and Hoima hospitals. Uganda has NOT registered any COVID-19 related death. Coronavirus Cases: 55; Deaths: 0 Recovered 12.
With this background, the Salesian community of Kamuli did not sit and watch what is happening around. Feeling concerned by this alarming situation that threatens humanity globally and in especial way many poor people living in Kamuli locked down for 30 days without any food assistance, the salesians of Don Bosco filled with compassion has decided to share the little food (Rice) from students’ store with part of his staff, young people and few families living in neighbouring for solidary to their suffering.
At the same time, the community make efforts to stop the virus’s spread through educating initiatives of the community focused on prevention of COVID-19, following the guidelines given by the Competent Authorities. Therefore some equipment’s and tools has already been put in use such as masks, sanitizers, gloves, water and soap etc…for protection and washing hands
We are planning very soon to do more for our people, neighbours, to be close to them in this difficult moment by sharing with them the donation the Provincial Fr. Celestin Ngoboka has granted to our Community for supporting the COVID-19. Once more we are grateful to Father Celestine for this gesture of charity and solidarity to our community. Thank you for showing Fatherly heart, caring and loving. May God bless you and bless our Province AG.L.
Fr. Denis HABAMUNGU/ Director