Uganda confirms the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19)!
Late Saturday night on the 21st of March, the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, confirmed the first case of the coronavirus who is a 36-year-old male resident of Kibuli, Kakungulu Zone in Kampala who travelled to Dubai on March 17 for a business trip.
He returned on 21st March 2020 aboard Ethiopian Airlines and after going through screening at Entebbe Airport, he presented higher than normal body temperatures and after evacuating him to Entebbe Grade B Hospital and testing, he was found positive, making him the first case of COVID-19 in Uganda.
This comes after Uganda had taken strong measures to prevent the pandemic from entering her borders, including closing all Academic Institutions and Cultural/Religious gatherings beginning from 18th March 2020.
As it stands, the Category 1 Countries (most affected by the pandemic) are increasing due to the rapid spread of the virus, citizens are advised to avoid unnecessary commuting and are encouraged to follow the Ministry of Health instructions. Therefore, the President, HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on a live televised broadcast on 22nd March, had directed the closure of all passenger flights at the airport and all border points.
Academic Institutions especially the International University of East Africa (IUEA) has staff and students from more than 42 nationalities across the world and has already put in place measures in compliance with the Presidential Directives including postponing on-campus classes until 20th April. IUEA introduced tips dubbed ‘‘IUEA Safety Tips,’’ on how to cope with the pandemic such as engaging with students online daily and the community at large about all information related to COVID-19.
All the latest information on the University’s operations and queries for all current and aspiring students has been made available on the university website www.iuea.ac.ug and the Hotline +256 705 722 300.
The IUEA Digital Platforms:
Are active on how to prevent the COVID-19 and introducing ideas on how to cope with the quarantine.
Students and citizens at large are urged to stay calm and to keep following the Health Ministerial orders to stay safe.
Coronavirus, though a pandemic as declared by the World Health Organiser (WHO), is also being fought on all fronts across the world and there are some significant victories. Among the 332,148 confirmed cases, 96,958 are reported to have recovered. A sign that if orders from the health officials especially washing hands and staying indoors are followed, the pandemic can be beaten.
IUEA, Uganda, Africa, the world and Health Staff are counting on each one of us to take full responsibility to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus.