Wear masks, ex-VP Dr. Specioza tells police

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Uganda police on duty [photo by Sam Agona].

Former Vice President, Dr. Specioza Kazibwe, has also added her voice to those engaged in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

She said last night, the president was uncomfortable with the word social distancing.

“In actual words, it should be physical distancing,” Dr Specioza said Thursday morning while appearing on NBS TV.

“Is the last person getting the message the way the president wants them to get it? You can mitigate social behaviour if you understand the context,” she noted.

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“If you are not specific in terms of giving people an idea of how far they should be from each other, they will not get it.”

According to Dr Specioza, the method of communication will greatly affect the behaviour change of people.

“We are now in a state of high alert. The police should always wear masks because they are always exposed to dust and all that.”

She said people out to do essential work should have protection because they are part of the essential task force to fight this disease.

“In our environment, mental health has not been given a lot of attention.”

According to her, the people who are anxious but are not given attention are the medical workers.

“How do they know that this patent who has fever does not have #COVID19? We should first make these people comfortable.”

Specioza Naigaga Wandira Kazibwe, is a Ugandan surgeon and politician. She is also referred to as “Nnalongo”, because of her twin daughters.

She was Vice President of Uganda from 1994 to 2003.

She was the first woman in Africa to hold the position of vice-president of a sovereign nation.

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