• Aug 04, 2021 . 2 min Read
  • Covid-19: Health ministry to carry out countrywide survey

Covid-19: Health ministry to carry out countrywide survey
Cecilia Okoth
Journalist @New Vision

The health ministry is currently planning to carry out a Covid-19 community survey to find out the prevalence of the deadly virus in the country. 

Dr Joseph Okware, director of health governance, and regulation at the health ministry said people will be selected randomly at the district level and results will be representative of the infection that is in the population.

'We want to propose this to the COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Committee to prepare us for future plans,” Okware said, adding that such surveys are good for when infections are not reported so much. 

According to fresh statistics from the health ministry, Kampala registered 42 out of 202 new COVID-19 infections from tests done on August 2, 2021.  

 This is followed by districts including; Gulu (24 cases), Oyam (12), Nakaseke (13), and nine cases in Wakiso. Arua, Tororo, and Terego registered eight cases each while Mbarara and Soroti had seven cases each. 

Koboko district registered six COVID-19 cases, Mitooma (5), Moroto (4), and Kanungu (4).

Districts like Amudat, Mbale, Kakumiro, and Busia registered three new cases each.

Mpigi, Masaka, Kagadi, Kiboga, Bushenyi, Kween, Kabarole registered two cases each while districts like Kalangala, Hoima, Amuria, Adjumani, Iganga, Kumi, Ngora, Kibaale, Pader, Kyotera, Ssembabule, Luuka, Kibuku, Mubende, Bukomansimbi and Maracha registered one case each. There were also four truck drivers from Kyotera and Kampala who tested positive, according to the health ministry statistics.        

The drop in COVID-19 infections, Okware explained however does not necessarily mean that the war against the deadly virus is over.

“This only means that most community infections are being managed from home, some of which may not be captured on the national statistics,” he said.

Okware said the ministry is currently scaling up its risk communication pillar to remind the population to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to guard against COVID-19.

“People are going to be complacent because some have misunderstood the partial reopening of the lockdown. I however want to advise the public not to relax and continue observing the SOPs,” he said.

Uganda has so far registered a total of 94,739 cases of COVID-19, 86,826 recoveries, and 2,734 deaths.

There are currently 632 active cases on admission in various health facilities while 1,152,874 have so far been vaccinated against the deadly virus.

Uganda plans to vaccinate up to a 22million of its population against COVID-19 to achieve herd immunity. This is meant to be done in a phased manner, beginning with most at-risk groups.   

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