Uganda heightens Covid-19 Surveillance as new cases emerge

The ministry of health has beefed up surveillance teams to arrest new cropping positive cases of the novel corona virus across the country.

The attempts to counter a possible Covid-19 resurgence come after the country recorded 124 new infections from 3,724 samples collected on June 7th 2022 alone.

The Ministry of Health made it public in a tweet made on Thursday, , “results of COVID-19 tests done on June 7, 2022, confirm 124 new cases.” Kampala had the highest infection rate with 98 cases, followed by Wakiso (9), Rubirizi (5), Jinja (4), Gulu (2), Mbarara (4), Adjumani (1), and Kabale (1).

According to the Director of Curative Services at the Health Ministry, Charles Olaro the numbers of new infections have risen steadily over the last 3 weeks.

Olaro furthermore revealed that some patients are receiving specialized treatment at different hospitals across the country.

He also urged Ugandans to be vigilant and as well adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP’s )to dissuade another catastrophic pandemic. “We know the economy was opened, but as you go about your duties think of prevention and wear your masks,” he said.

The ministry is thus relying on the already existing SOP’s such as social distancing, hand washing with soap or using an alcohol-based sanitizer and wearing face masks. On top of these efforts, the Ministry continues to promote the vaccination of persons.

The Health Minister, Jane Aceng while addressing the press on Monday revealed that Uganda has been receiving a silent surge of new infections similar to last year when the country was attacked by the Delta Variant.

We have no indication for travel restrictions or lockdown in the current circumstances. We will optimize the existing control & mitigation tools at personal and community levels,” Aceng said

The minister also said the Country is much better prepared with the capacity to treat and prevent a possible wave of the virus.

The growing number of infections take the cumulative number of positive cases to 165,927, over 3600 people have succumbed to the disease in Uganda since 2020.

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