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WHAT EXACTLY WAS PM NABBANJA MUSAFIRI TELLING PARLIAMENT ON THIS HOT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 

By Joel Mugabi

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has today delivered an update on government’s Covid19 response in the country. Last week, Nabbanja failed to present this update after coming late for plenary and failing to share copies of her report with the MPs in advance.

But when she finally took to the microphone today, Nabbanja touched on the status of implementation of a number of interventions that government had taken to prevent the spread of the Covid19 disease. These included the issue of oxygen supply and the disbursement of relief money to vulnerable people.

Nabbanja noted that as of July 20, Uganda had registered a total of 91,162 infections, 70,377 recoveries, 746 health facility admissions and 2,425 deaths. This put the fatality rate at 2.49 per cent, meaning that almost three out of every 100 Ugandans that catch coronavirus end up dying.

She further revealed that available preliminary epidemiological and clinical data had suggested that Uganda could already have passed the peak of her second wave but warned “we must be cautious on this apparent downward trend, given Covid19’s unpredictable micro-dynamics dictated by community and social interactions which vary.”

Nabbanja also told the MPs that Dr Jane Ruth Aceng’s Ministry of Health would continue to implement its Home-Based Care strategy, touting it as key in reducing “pressure on health facilities from overload with patients who have no symptoms or those who are mildly sick and don’t require sophisticated clinical care.”

The Prime Minister further updated the nation on the disbursement of the Shs100,000 Covid19 lockdown relief package for each of the vulnerable poor Ugandans living in cities and municipalities. She noted that the Museveni Government had sent cash to 413,504 out of the targeted over 500,000 people as at 4:00pm on July 20.

“This emergency intervention was a short-term relief and not meant to address the high poverty levels which can only be dealt with in the long term,” she added.

Regarding the shortage of medical oxygen, an issue that recently won Uganda negative local and International press, the premier noted that government had started on the process of procuring and installing cryogenic (liquid) oxygen plants instead of relying on the gaseous form of oxygen alone.

“This oxygen is produced in gaseous form and very cumbersome to distribute to the entire country. The shift to liquid oxygen is guided by the very high purity levels, the ability for production and storage of high volumes of oxygen and the less cumbersome way of transportation in cryogenic oxygen tanks to fill cylinders at the facilities,” she explained. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com). 

 

 

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