Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni dropped a shocker on Monday night when he announced a two-week lockdown as he steps up the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
President Museveni read a lengthy speech educating the public on the spread of the disease and the remedies to limit its spread, as have been recommended by the World Health Organization.
The preliminary of his speech noted: “Given its spread methods ? sneezing and coughing by an inconsiderate and careless person in a cluster of people bunched together as well as an individual’s own carelessness of touching the soft parts of your body… without washing your hands or sanitizing them first… after careful study… We, therefore, adopted the strategy of dispersing any concentration that may provide fuel to this virus.”
The Ugandan head of State came up with a list of measures to restrict movement and contacts between the people. He described them as sounding exaggerated but will be beneficial in the long run.
“If we use a hammer to kill a fly (taking too strong measures to deal with a small problem), it will be better than being complacent only to find out later that too many Ugandans are infected and they’re dying as is happening in other countries,” he posted on his Twitter page on Tuesday morning.
While declaring the national lockdown, Museveni took the following measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.
- Closed all the Educational Institutions which accounted for 15 million young Ugandans;
- Suspended communal prayers in Mosques, Churches or in Stadia and other open air venues;
- Stopped all public political rallies, cultural gatherings or conferences;
- Banned Ugandans from moving to or through category one (I) countries that had had a large number of corona cases by that time;
- Allowed returning Ugandans in provided they undergo mandatory quarantine, at their cost, for 14 days at a venue identified by the Ministry of Health;
- Allowed the non-agricultural gathering points to continue but with SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) put out by the Ministry of Health. Such are factories, hotels, large plantations, markets, taxi-parks, etc.;
- Discouraged the hexagonal, extravagant Ugandan-style wedding. The couples encouraged to go for the scientific weddings by the actual stakeholders, accompanied by a few people;
- Burials not postponed but it should be for a few people ? the concerned homestead;
- Farmers unaffected because they are dispersed in their farms, plantations but animal markets were suspended;