May 27, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Uganda relaxes Covid restrictions for travellers

Uganda eased Covid-19 restrictions on travelers who are fully vaccinated on Wednesday.

Speaking to journalists, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the country has a requirement for a negative PCR test , which must be performed within 72 hours, suspended prior to boarding an aircraft for all travelers as long as they are fully vaccinated.

However, travelers may still be asked to provide the PCR test results if requested by the destination country or airline is required to enter.

According to Ms. Aceng, more than 44 million doses of vaccine have been received in the country, with 15 million people (71 percent of the target 22 million) having received at least one dose of vaccine.

“Over 10 million people are fully vaccinated, which is 48 percent of the target population, and 59,542 people have received their booster dose,” Ms. Aceng said.

She said the governments ung will be vaccinating secondary school students beginning May 9, 2022 when they reopen for second grade in the school year.

“The Pfizer vaccine will be used to vaccinate this age group. Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine given four weeks apart,” the minister added.

Uganda has registered 164,118 cases of Covid-19 and 3,596 deaths since March 2020.

“There are two critically ill Covid-19 patients being admitted to Mulago National Referral Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, Lacor,” Ms Aceng said. According to her, the two patients are unvaccinated.

“The country has had persistently low transmission of Covid-19 since February 2022, with a positivity rate of less than 2 percent. This is based on the early decisive and sustained measures we took to contain the spread of Covid-19 and the cooperation of all Ugandans to comply with these measures, including the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination,” she added.

Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni received an award for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Museveni was recognized by the British Medical Journal and the National Health Service Health Education Program for his “outstanding leadership in Pandemic Management”.

To contain the spread of the virus, Uganda maintained a strict lockdown from March 18, 2020, during which many businesses and schools were closed for two years, making people’s livelihoods difficult has met.

Back then, Museveni claimed that it was better to suffer from poverty than to die trying to fend for yourself.