“As you are all aware, prevention is better than cure. Let’s do all the things in our means that can prevent Ugandans from contracting this deadly Coronavirus,” he said.
BUIKWE - The Catholic Church in Lugazi diocese has halted the shaking of hands as a sign of peace during the mass.
The Vicar General, Msgr. Richard Kayondo said they came up with this stand as a way of preventing the spread of Coronaviras. The novel coronavirus which first emerged in late December 2019, has infected more than 115,000 in 105 countries and territories and killed over 4,000 people.
Kayondo made the pronouncement during his homily as he celebrated the Thanksgiving Mass for the ‘A' level students of St. Balikuddembe Senior Secondary School in Ntenjeru-Kisoga, Mukono district.
He said as the Church, they couldn't sit back and watch people contracting Coronavirus and spreading it yet officials from the Ministry of Health cited shaking hands as one of the ways through which Coronavirus is spread.
"As you are all aware, prevention is better than cure. Let's do all the things in our means that can prevent Ugandans from contracting this deadly Coronavirus," he said.
Kayondo cautioned school heads and teachers to also practice the things that the Ministry of Health mentioned as a way to prevent Ugandans from contacting the Coronavirus.
The headteacher of St. Balikuddembe Senior Secondary School, Lydia Kagoya said they intensified the prevention precautions including supplying disinfectants around the school campus for both teachers and the students.
Kagoya also appealed to the rest of the school heads to put in much efforts in the prevention of the Coronavirus, or else many schools around the country will be forced to close as it has been reported in the Western countries.
Rev. Edward Musoke, the headteacher of St. Andrew Kisoga Church of Uganda Primary School said they are having a close look at each and every pupil at school.
He added that they asked the children to avoid shaking hands with their peers and stranger.