The Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Wednesday presented a statement on the status of government interventions against COVID19 pandemic.
“The war against COVID19 is a tough one, engulfing the whole world and our Country for now 16 consistent months. However, this is a war we can only win when we are united, working together for a common purpose and for the generations ahead of us,” Nabbanja told MPs during Wednesday plenary.
She thanked HE President Kaguta Museveni for the visionary leadership he has consistently provided to the country in the fight against COVID19, right from the beginning.
“Let me also, acknowledge and appreciate the general population for their resilience and support in this fight. It is encouraging to note that currently, Ugandans have taken seriously the issue of following the SOPs; we are grateful to all our frontline workers in health, security and all other essential services.”
As of 20th July 2021, the country had registered 91,162 confirmed cases of COVID19, with 70,377 recoveries, and 2,425 deaths bringing the case fertility rate of 2.49% (the percentage of deaths among the infected ones).
Currently, there are 746 admitted in health facilities.
“These are very disturbing figures, but we have hope that the current wave is on the downward trend. However, as a nation we must remain vigilant, resolute and consistent in observance and compliance to SOPs at all times.”
“Preliminary epidemiological and clinical data shows that we may have passed the peak of current wave. However, we must be cautious on this apparent downward trend, given COVID19 unpredictable micro-dynamics dictated by community & social interactions which vary.”
She said Health ministry continues to implement the Home-Based Care strategy which started in the first wave. This strategy reduces 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 and can be monitored in their homes.
Nabbanja says that as of 20th July 2021, 4:00pm a total of 413,5O4 beneficiary records had been submitted to the bank and paid which represents 82.5%, 41, 350,400,000 shillings.
Out of the total of the 501,107 records submitted to the Ministry, a total of 87,603 records did not pass the verification requirements by Telecom databases due to the following reasons; Invalid National ID No, Telephone No. registered under different names from the ID, Unregistered Telephone No and Non. Mobile Registered No.
This emergency intervention (relief support) was a short-term relief and not meant to address the high poverty levels which can only be dealt with in the long term, Nabbanja told the house.
She said as at 4:00pm on 20th July 2021, a total of 413,504 beneficiary records had been submitted to the bank and paid.
She said government undertook a verification exercise of the vulnerable people in Kampala Metropolitan Area, all cities and municipalities and Finance ministry released Shs53.5 billion to provide relief to those who were considered.
She said government has been addressing the issue of oxygen and aims at a permanent solution.
In the meantime, Government and partners have procured several oxygen cylinders to supplement the needs of the isolation facilities.
Oxygen from the Pressure Swing Oxygen from the Pressure Swing Adsorption system has been in use in Uganda for a long time. This oxygen is produced in gaseous form and very cumbersome to distribute to the entire country.
To address this, Government has begun the process of procuring and installing cryogenic (liquid) oxygen plants whose oxygen purity is as high.
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.