Opposition political party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has asked Ugandans not to relent in observing the existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on COVID19.
While addressing reporters at the party’s headquarters at Najjankumbi on Monday, John Kikonyogo, the FDC Deputy Spokesperson noted that Ugandans risk exposing themselves to serious danger if they act contrary.
“As FDC, we wish to advise our members and Ugandans in general to take COVID19 very serious despite the fact that people who are supposed to this work are not doing it yet they took our money,” Kikonyogo said.
He says Ugandans should first focus on ensuring that they are safe before demanding for accountability of COVID19 related funds.
“You have enough time in future to demand for accountability of our money but you must be alive first. God had given us time as Ugandans by delaying this scourge to help us prepare for this situation but those who are supposed to do this work misused the money. It seems they are not aware that the disease has a potential of hitting us harder,” he explains.
He described the COVID19 situation “Kampala today as “worryingly terrible” and that “it is not good for us as a country.”
“We as the party have been on the forefront to advise the public to observe SOPs including taking immune boosters like lemon, ginger, gallic, red pepper and onions as much as possible.
“There is no short cut to surviving COVID19 apart from observing SOPs and taking immune boosters,” he said.
His remarks come at a time when government has announced fresh restrictions as part of measures to control the COVID-19 transmissions in the country in face of the second wave of the pandemic.
They were announced by President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday evening while updating the country on the COVID19 situation is Uganda.
Among the fresh restrictions, the president has directed the closure of all educational institutions across the country for 42 days effective 8; 00 a.m. on June 7, 2021. Ordering that all school ongoing children should return to their effective homes in space of three days.
Prior to the announcement, there have been signs of closure of school since Friday with the ministry of education issuing a circular halting schools from receiving or sending learners at home. Unfortunately, there are some parents and schools that refused to follow the issued guideline as they normally do.
The president noted that there have been increased clusters of COVID-19 infections in schools of late. On top of the ever-increasing cases, he observed that some schools were concealing cases fearing that their schools could be closed.
Currently, there are 948 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in over 43 schools and institutions of higher learning scattered in 22 districts across the country with the highest numbers of infections reported in Kampala, Oyam, Wakiso, and Masaka districts.