Museveni to address nation on Covid-19, oxygen saga
Last Updated on: 18th June 2021, 09:40 am
Kampala – 18, June 2021: Uganda’s Covid-19 management is upsetting government with infections and death surging daily.
More than 15,000 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in less than 20 days.
Uganda now has a total of 67,215 cases of infections; 1,584 new cases were recorded on 15, June 2021.
After the official launch of “mass Covid-19 vaccination” in March this year, todate, 812,118 people have been vaccinated.
More than 175,000 are expected to be vaccinated in coming weeks after the arrival of vaccine’s doses from the government of France.
Sadly, 542 have succumbed to the virus, with the highest death figures at 34 for a single day.
Government has partially locked down the country, banning interdistrict travel, church service; closing of schools, among other measures to contain the virus.
The measures, announced last week by President Museveni is to last 42 days. However, just a week after he spoke to Ugandans, on Friday today (8pm), he will address the nation on Covid-19 situation and way forward.
Some Ugandans are worried he will announce a total lockdown due to increasing cases across the country.
Last week, Lillian Aber, the Kitgum district woman MP suggested a total lockdown for 14 days to the ministry of health chiefs. She proposed this via Twitter.
There have been several media reports on oxygen shortages in most government hospitals and health facilities across the country leading to death of patients.
Mulago national hospital for example, is grappling with oxygen shortages due to high number of Covid-19 patients. Lira regional referral hospital too, is facing the same problem.
Now, a source who spoke to TND News Friday, says the president’s attention has been drawn to the “oxygen debate”. “He will talk about it and assures Ugandans of the commitment to address it.”