With Coronovirus continuing to sweep across the world, the Ministry of Health is calling upon Ugandans to be extra vigilant and avoid physical as much as possible.
The People’s Republic of China declared an outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on 31st December 2019. This outbreak has now spread to all continents, and over 47 countries are currently affected. Many others are being affected too.
In Africa, Egypt, Algeria, and Nigeria have already reported cases. The possibility of spread to other African countries, Uganda inclusive is extremely high.
Four foreign nationals were last evening isolated at Entebbe RRH with suspected Coronavirus signs.
They were picked from Entebbe International Airport by surveillance teams after presenting with flu and cough symptoms.
Samples have been collected and are being tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). Results will be communicated accordingly, the ministry announced.
“The Ministry of Health appeals to the general public to remain calm and vigilant and always verify information from the Ministry of Health to avoid spreading false rumours which may cause unnecessary anxiety,” the statement further reads.
Although Uganda has no cases of COVID-19, it is pertinent that the population remains on high alert and diligently exercises preventive measures to avoid contracting the disease.
Here’s a lowdown…
WHAT MUST BE DONE
✓ Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
This will remove the virus if it is on your hands.
✓ Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a handkerchief when coughing and sneezing. Throw away the used tissue immediately into a dustbin or burn it and wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
The handkerchief must be washed by yourself daily and ironed with a hot iron. In this way, you protect others from any virus released through coughs and sneezes.
✓ Maintain areasonable distance between yourself and someone who is coughing, sneezing (at least 1 meter apart).
✓ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus, and you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
✓ If you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical care immediately. If possible, call health workers and alert them about your condition. Always follow the guidance of your health care worker.
✓ People with flu-like symptoms should use face masks to cover the nose and mouth and stay home in a well-ventilated room.
If you are caring for individuals who have symptoms, such as cough and fever, you are encouraged to use a face mask to cover your nose and mouth.
✓ Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs/handles, car doors elevator buttons etc. daily with regular household disinfectant or soap.
✓ All people coming from countries affected by Coronavirus disease should follow the guidance given by health workers at the airport and other border entry points.
WHAT MUST NOT BE DONE
X Avoid hand-shaking and hugging at all times.
Avoid close contact with people who are visibly sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sneeze).
X When sick with flu-like symptoms avoid going to public places, offices and public gatherings, remain at home in isolation to avoid infecting others.
X You do not need to wear medical masks if you do not have respiratory symptoms such as cough, sneezing or running nose.
X Don’t take self-medication such as an antibiotic.
X Do not spit in public. Find a secluded place like toilets or pit latrines in which to spit in.
X Delay travel to countries that currently have many patients with Coronavirus disease. If you MUST travel, please follow the above protective measures.
X Avoid travel if you have flu-like symptoms. Safety Measures during Mass Gatherings.
Organizers of mass gathering must ensure that handwashing facilities or alcohol-based sanitizers and temperature-screening materials are available at venue entry points.