The President of the REpublic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has warned Ugandans against ignoring the deadly covid 19 measures.
While addressing the nation on Saturday, Museveni warned Ugandans in villages not to come to Kampala in order to decrease the number of infected people who are mostly in Kampala and Wakiso District.
It should be noted that the number of critically ill Covid-19 patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Mulago hospital has shot up since government announced the second wave of the pandemic.
Health workers said since the beginning of the second wave, they have been overwhelmed with the increasing number of patients who require critical care.
President Museveni insisted that Kampala is now the most affected part of the country compared to other areas therefore people should resist making unnecessary movements to town. He explained that initially, the numbers of infections and deaths were not many because Ugandans listened to advice which put pressure on the health system but noted the situation is soon going out of hand.
“Our success last year was that the few who would get sick would be treated. The strategy hinges on minimizing infections and it is why we succeeded last year. In US and Europe, they didn’t succeed because they failed to control numbers. Those high grade facilities were of no value. The problem was that they didn’t control the numbers. This is where we are heading,” Museveni said.
“If people die in big numbers don’t say we didn’t tell you. If you don’t control numbers (new infections) health facilities can’t cope. If you have got many people, how will you concentrate on them? If numbers are too many, hospital beds will be overwhelmed.”