Laxity May Lead to Deaths, Museveni Warns Against Complacency in Covid-19 Fight

President Museveni addressing the country on Heroes Day.

President Yoweri Museveni has warned of possible covid-19 deaths if Ugandans do not continue heeding guidelines against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Museveni said Uganda has registered no covid-19 related deaths because initially, government guidelines to stem the spread were followed and only a few people were infected and hospitalized. However, the Ministry of Health reports new covid-19 cases everyday and Uganda’s stood at 657 as of June 9.

The President’s caution follows laxity amongst the population ever since the lockdown was eased. Many Ugandans downtown are seen ignoring observance of social distancing while others do not wear masks in public. The city is crowded despite the increase in covid-19 cases.

On the day private vehicles were permitted to move, several motorists told SoftPower News that they had moved to the city without purpose.

“I have just come to see what town is like,” a motorist stuck in heavy traffic said while many drivers were reminded by traffic police to drive back as they had no masks.

Now, President Museveni has asked Ugandans to take individual responsibility of their lives saying that it will be difficult to stop deaths with the ever increasing number of covid-19 cases.

“Those who were discharged recovered because the numbers in the treatment centres were few and the doctors could concentrate on them. I appeal to you, Ugandans, whose activities we have opened up, to observe social distance. I appeal to you for your sake. Wash your hands, wear a mask in public.”

The mask is not very comfortable but medicine apart from that of children is bitter,” Museveni said as he officiated celebrations to mark Heroes’ Day at State House, Entebbe today.

“Some Ugandans say after all nobody has died, so they are not bothered. If you are looking for somebody to die, you will get him. And when you start dying, don’t say Museveni did not tell us. We won’t keeping begging you not to die. We have told you exactly what science says about this virus,” Museveni cautioned.

He said that he is disturbed by images of Ugandans disregarding all the preventive measures against the coronavirus.

He also revealed that although his ministry of health officials were planning for health facilities with 9000-bed capacity, he advised them to plan for 40,000-bed capacity and that places like Namboole stadium are being prepared to treat a big number of people if cases continue to rise.

But he warned, “if the numbers are too big, then they will overwhelm even the big place we have prepared.”

The President hinted at the possiblity of Ugandan scientists finding medicine for covid-19 before the rest of the world. He, however, cited corrupt people that he referred to as parasites as a bottleneck to the process.

Today’s heroes’ day celebrations were supposed to be held in Lyantonde district however due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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