Health experts have warned the government to rethink its priorities if it’s to put in place mitigation measures to curb the highly anticipated third wave of covid-19. This comes at a time when the country is still stuck with over Ushs. 80 billion to purchase vaccines for the population, raising questions as to what the country can do beyond the standard operating procedures after the 42-day lockdown.
The third wave of covid-19 that is spreading faster across the continent, is hitting harder, thus contributing to the rapidly rising covid19 cases with more reports of serious illness.
However, in an effort to curb the deadly diseases, several efforts have been undertaken since the first lockdown in March 2020. Unfortunately, every wave seems to be presenting different challenges.
Former president of the Uganda Medical Association and a health expert, Dr. Ekwaru Obuku warns that the country has ‘lost soldiers, nurses, officers, medical doctors on the front’ who all died during this wave and thus, the country ‘should be prepared’.
Dr. Ekwaru Obuku also warns that the lockdown has seriously worked to flatten the covid19 curve but he cautions its sustainability with the population dying of hunger and other non-communicable diseases.
With the debate now shifting to the third wave, days to the end of the 42-day lockdown, it is not clear about what the country needs to do beyond the Standard operating procedures, put in place by the ministry of health to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“Learning from the history of the first wave though many things went wrong including corruption making people lose trust in the systems, we must be able to detect early signs of the disease and put in place mitigation measures,” Obuku said.
Dr. Ekwaru also notes that the government should prioritize local manufacturing of medicine to solve the international bureaucracy burden for a better health care system.
As of 18th July 2021, Uganda had recorded 90,910 cumulative cases of covid19, with 939 active cases at health facilities, 254 new cases, 2412 deaths with a positivity rate of 8.0%.