Relatives of COVID-19 patients not allowed to open coffin to see body

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As government we mourn with all those that have lost their loved ones to COVID-19.

Every day, the country continues to lose people to this deadly disease.

Some of these are parents, children, relatives, friends, civil servants, members of Parliament and many others.

In less than six months, the country has lost more than 140 people to this pandemic.

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Apart from those already gone, hundreds of others continue to fight for their lives every day in the Intensive Care Units.

Information from the Ministry of Health is that our Intensive Care Units are actually full to capacity.

The Public needs to understand that if you became critically ill today, access to the Intensive Care Unit may be difficult.

Without the Intensive Care Unit, chances of survival are very few.
We must therefore drop all the complacence around COVID-19.

Let us take seriously the guidance that has been given.

COVID-19 is a clear and present danger waiting to strike anyone anytime.
However despite this sad reality, majority of Ugandans continue to take the preventive guidance lightly.

At the beginning of the campaign period, we called upon everyone to be extra vigilant with the guidelines.

It is therefore sad to see people crowding around presidential candidates in total disregard of any preventive guidelines.

I want to acknowledge those leaders who have come out to insist that everyone attending their events must have a mask.

We call upon all candidates to lead by example, do not lead your people to death when you know how they can be kept safe.

Talking about COVID-19 deaths, we must remember that Ministry of Health came out and revised some of the burial restrictions.

Family members and the community can now take part in the burial of their loved ones lost to COVID-19.

However, this must be conducted basing on the existing guidelines.

The body of the deceased must be wrapped in a waterproof burial bag before handing it over to the relatives.

Relatives are not allowed to open the body for viewing or any other cultural practice.

You can always use some of the previous photos of the late for memories.

Burial should be conducted on the same day of death and will be supervised by a trained health team available.
As of Friday 13th, Uganda had registered 144 COVID-19 deaths.

The total number of infections was at 15,789.
We continue to remind everyone that it is within your power to prevent COVID-19.

Remember to have your mask on all the time when going out in public.
I call upon all those sectors that have been reopened to ensure that they respect the agreed upon guidelines.

For God and my Country
Thank you

Judith Nabakooba
Minister, ICT & National Guidance.

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