The Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba states that the government is ready to review the numbers it asked religious sects to have for prayers if they fully comply with the already set and agreed upon guidelines.
In the last presidential address to the nation where churches and schools were re-opened, the president made it clear that churches and mosques are supposed to have 70 followers per every prayer session, something various religious leaders detested, calling for a review on the numbers per a given service.
In her weekly address, Nabakooba reminded all Ugandans to enforce the guidance on churches, the guidance on schools, public transport and all those other sectors that are operational.
She also thanked those religious leaders and individuals who have adhered to the directive of 70 people.
“I know some are saying that this number is so little but I believe it can be reviewed with time if we all demonstrate compliance.” Said the minister.
Regarding the resumption of schools especially the candidate classes, the minister calls upon everyone to support the children to ensure that they are able to resume properly come October 15th confirming that, government will be giving ongoing guidance to schools on what they need to do to keep our children safe.
In a special way, the minister called upon all continuing students in other classes to take home schooling seriously adding that there will be no dead year so come October 15th, all students including those at home will embark on their second term until December.
Third term will be January to April and then children will be assessed and promoted.
Let us therefore take seriously the revised education calendar and work towards ensuring that our children remain safe while learning until the end of the term.
Now that Uganda has entered this critical phase, the Ministry of health is preparing to announce a series of measures that the country will follow in order to keep safe.
And its upon this that the minister is urging everyone to take seriously, what they have learnt on preventing the virus. Among them, wearing a face mask in public, washing hands and sanitizing, avoid crowding in gatherings among others.
According to the health ministry COVID19 results, the country is hitting 8000 new cases against over 3,647 recoveries since the first cases was recorded in March 2020.
Since March when Ugandan announced the lockdown on, a number of preventive measures have been put up by the ministry including wearing face masks, hand washing, sanitizing, limiting numbers in public transport and arcades plus offices among others and these have so far help slow down on the speed at which the disease would have transmitted among Ugandans.
Now that the country is now in the critical stage, a number of treatment centers have been set up across the country to handle covid19 cases as they arise with Namboole stadium being one of them, training of teams of health workers to provide treatment and care to patients, provided face masks to citizens and food items to vulnerable citizens mainly in urban areas like Kampala.