Medical experts from St John Ambulance Uganda made the call as they camped at Busana Landing Site in Buikwe.
BUIKWE - As coronavirus continues to devastate Uganda's economy, fishermen in Buikwe district have been cautioned to follow the Ministry of Health measures to prevent the virus.
Medical experts from St John Ambulance Uganda made the call as they camped at Busana Landing Site in Buikwe where they sensitised the fishing community on precautions against COVID-19.
Dr Adam Kimera, a senior neurosurgeon, cautioned fishermen to constantly wash their hands with water, soap and also fulfil the president's directive of not buzzing in bars.
"Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water to kill the virus and maintain at least a one-metre distance between yourselves," Kimera said.
Kimera revealed that they were at Busana Landing site to sensitise fishermen by teaching them preventive measures against COVID-19, carrying out HIV testing and educating mothers about family planning.
"We are here to sensitise but also treat other illnesses bothering you, so seek medical care in case you have fever, cough and difficulties while breathing," he added.
Concerning cleanliness, Dr. Joseph Kasirye urged the fishing community to practice respiratory hygiene while coughing and sneezing.
"Covering your mouth and nose should be a must while coughing or sneezing. You should always bend your elbow and sneeze or cough there," Kasirye said.
He pleaded with the fishermen to avoid extramarital affairs and stay home to regulate their children from loitering.
"If you're not at the lake, you should be home helping your wife with domestic work and farming activities," Kasirye advised
Malaria at the landing site
Florence Sunsa who is a midwife counselled pregnant mothers and children to sleep under treated mosquito nets after she had noticed that there were high prevalence cases of malaria.
"It's high time you started sleeping under treated mosquito nets, which are always given free of charge, dispatch the nearby stagnant water and bushes, and malaria cases will reduce," Sunsa said.
Prior, expectant mothers were given free antenatal care, mama kits and the newborns were vaccinated.