SEVERE COVID19 CASES IN SOUTH SUDAN AND D.R CONGO, HOPE OUR BORDERS ARE SCRAMBLED TO HANDLE HEALTH SECURITY TESTS 

SEVERE COVID19 CASES IN SOUTH SUDAN AND D.R CONGO, HOPE OUR BORDERS ARE SCRAMBLED TO HANDLE HEALTH SECURITY TESTS

By Goodluck Musinguzi

The Covid19 Africa Hotspot Dashboard latest report shows Uganda’s neighbors are not doing very well in terms of handling the Covid19 pandemic. There could be outbreaks because Covid19 is wide spread and little is known. Tanzania has no data available to the world and therefore Ministry of Health has kept a wide eye on the border in Kyotera and Lake Victoria.

Uganda is going in its 4th year monitoring borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo that battled Ebola and now Covid19.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently experiencing a severe crisis that may impact the reported data, so interpret their results with caution.

DR Congo has a relatively low test-case ratio adjusted incidence, and incidence has increased week-over-week. The reported death rate is relatively low, and deaths have increased week-over-week.

They are at Warning Level Three (3) of Africa CDC which is orange a widespread or growing outbreak. Their cumulative cases are 56,947, the average daily death at 59 people, average daily death is 1.6 people. Cumulative death is 1,084 people with cumulative tests standing at 359,156.

Their public health and safety measures show they last tightened restrictions in July, they loosened restrictions in august and since then no information available to show what they did in September.

To the North of Uganda, we have South Sudan which currently experiencing a severe crisis that may impact the reported data, so interpret their data with caution. They are at Warning Level two (2) which is yellow classified as a moderate outbreak or the possible start of a growing outbreak. Cumulative cases are 11,948, average daily death at 19 people, average daily death is 1 person.

Their public health and safety measures show they loosened restrictions in June and there is no information from July to show what they are doing to contain the Covid19 pandemic.

Uganda maintained capacities for surveillance with improved Indicator-Based Surveillance(IBS) and Event-Based Surveillance and the use of electronic tools in the health sector.

There was improved capacity at Points of Entry because Uganda designating three points that have International Health Regulations(IHR) core capacities including ambulances to transport sick travelers to appropriate referral health facilities.

Uganda has been credited for leveraging COVID19 funding, it improved infrastructure and resources for screening, testing, and transporting travelers and the use of electronic test validation systems.

Recently, Uganda held the Multi-Sectoral Consensus convened by the Ministry of Health in Kampala to evaluate progress towards its attainment of health security.

Hon Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health committed to do much more as regards the Global Health Security Agenda commitments that were agreed on in Kampala.

They include 1- licensing of all laboratories in Uganda by 2024 in all sectors (Animal, Human, Nuclear, and Chemical).

2- Designate 05 high volume points of Entry for Uganda by 2024.

3- Decentralize One Health in 50 districts by 2024

 

UGANDA MARKED SAFE IN THE EAST AFRICAN REGION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID19 ACCORDING TO AFRICA HOTSPOT DASHBOARD OF AFRICA CDC

By Goodluck Musinguzi

According to AfricaCDCCovid.org, the Covid19 Africa Hotspot Dashboard shows the status of countries using data that is generated weekly. Two African countries stand out in Gray color which is Warning Level Zero (0) because there is no available data, they are Cameroon and Tanzania our immediate neighbors in the South.

Tanzania’s current epidemiological situation is unknown, no data available much as they have appealed to International Monetary Fund to help them with money to buy vaccines. The current President was seen in public being vaccinated and puts on a mask in public away from the predecessor who disputed covid19 tests and was not putting on a mask in the public.

Uganda’s current situation shows a relatively low test-case ratio adjusted incidence, and incidence has increased week-over-week. The reported death rate is relatively low, and deaths have decreased week-over-week.

Uganda’s Warning Level One (1) which is green classified as relatively low spread and has no evidence of a growing outbreak. Cumulative cases are 123,340 with daily cases at 134, cumulative death at 3,148 people, daily death average is 2.6 people, and cumulative tests at 1,677,756.

Uganda’s public health and safety measures show tightening restrictions stopped in June and since then no information to show when they are loosening all restrictions.

Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health has been at the core of reaching out to all communities so that they join the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.

Kenya our neighbor in the East is Warning Level Two (2) which yellow classified as a moderate outbreak or the possible start of a growing outbreak. Cumulative cases are 248,461, average daily cases 276, cumulative death 5,102 people, daily death average is 16 people.

Their public health and social measures are showing tightening restrictions in the last two months compared May-July when they had loosened the restrictions.

To the North of Uganda, we have South Sudan which currently experiencing a severe crisis that may impact the reported data, so interpret their data with caution. They are at Warning Level two (2) which is yellow classified as a moderate outbreak or the possible start of a growing outbreak. Cumulative cases are 11,948, average daily death at 19 people, average daily death is 1 person.

Their public health and safety measures show they loosened restrictions in June and there is no information from July to show what they are doing to contain the Covid19 pandemic.

To the West, the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently experiencing a severe crisis that may impact the reported data, so interpret their results with caution.

DR Congo has a relatively low test-case ratio adjusted incidence, and incidence has increased week-over-week. The reported death rate is relatively low, and deaths have increased week-over-week.

They are at Warning Level Three (3) which is orange a widespread or growing outbreak. Their cumulative cases are 56,947, the average daily death at 59 people, average daily death is 1.6 people. Cumulative death is 1,084 people with cumulative tests standing at 359,156.

Their public health and safety measures show they last tightened restrictions in July, they loosened restrictions in august and since then no information available to show what they did in September.

Rwanda which is South West is currently experiencing a moderate test-case ratio adjusted incidence, and incidence has decreased week-over-week. The reported death rate is moderate, and deaths have increased week-over-week.

They are at Warning Level two (2) which is yellow a moderate outbreak or the possible start of a growing outbreak. Their cumulative cases are 94,797 with daily cases of 207 , cumulative death at 1,222, daily death average 5.3 people and cumulative tests at 2,767,514.

Their public measure and safety measures show they last restricted early 2021 with a total lockdown, they stopped loosening restrictions in June, since then no information available.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, Senior Public Relations in his last update on 30th September 2021 shows Teso sub-region to be with the highest Covid19 resurgence, and Ministry of Health plus partners are doing whatever it takes to contain transmission in the districts that make the sub-region.

Uganda has received a total of 5,129,763 doses through donations of which 2.152.840 doses have been utilized country-wide. Distribution of the remaining 2.976.923 doses is ongoing most especially in Kampala Metropolitan Area(Kampala City, Wakiso, and Mukono districts), which is implementing an accelerated vaccination campaign that started on 27th September and ends on 3rd October 2021.

Ainebyoona says the campaign to use moderna vaccine will commence on Monday 4th, 2021 in all districts targeting persons above 50 years, all chronic underlying medical conditions through targeted outreaches.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appealed to the public to get vaccinated so that all public health and safety measures are lifted starting with January when more than 13 million pupils and students are expected to return to school.

Uganda is trying to avoid a third wave and lockdown after the second wave which was devastating to many families.

In Wakiso, Uganda’s most populous district, Bonny Natukunda Elubu, Senior Health Educator is doing her best to mobilize 250,000 people who are expected to get the first dose and among them 30,000 plus the second doze. She is mobilizing with Village Health Teams so that people come out and get vaccinated.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona says the Ministry of Health is commending all districts for utilizing all AstraZeneca doses which were due to expire on 30th September 2021.

Bonny Natukunda Elubu using music system to mobilize thousands of people in Wakiso district.

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