By Kabuye Ronald
Results from the samples obtained from the four foreign nationals;
one French and three Chinese who were under isolation at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital tested NEGATIVE for Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19).
The four individuals will now undergo self-isolation for 14 days and will be monitored daily by ministry of health surveillance officers.
In a statement issued by the ministry of health senior spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona as of today, Uganda has NO confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
The Ministry of Health also appealed to the general public to remain calm and vigilant and follow the
following preventive measures at all times like Washing your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
AVOID hand-shaking and hugging at all times, Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or a handkerchief when coughing and sneezing. Throw away the used tissue immediately into a dustbin or burn in and wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
The handkerchief must be washed by yourself daily and
ironed with a hot iron. Do NOT spit in public. Find a secluded place like toilets or pit latrines in which to spit in.
Maintain a reasonable distance between yourself and someone who is coughing or sneezing (at least 1 meter apart)
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus and you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself
If you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical care immediately.
People with flu-like symptoms should use face masks to cover the nose and mouth and stay
home in a well-ventilated room
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs/handles, car doors, elevator buttons etc. daily with regular household disinfectant or soap.
All travellers arriving from countries affected by the Coronavirus Disease should follow guidance given by health workers at the airport and other border entry point
Delay your travel to countries that currently have many patients with Coronavirus Disease. If you MUST travel, please follow the above protective measures
The public is also advised to report any suspected cases to the nearest health facility or call our
toll-free lines on 0800-203-033 and 0800-100-066, and the following officers- Mr. Atek Kagirita-
0782 909 153, Dr. Allan Muruta- 0772 460 297 and Dr. Opar Benard- 0772 469 323