Leaders urged to sensitise the public as Covid-19 deaths increase

Ronald Balimwezo, the Nakawa East Member of Parliament, has urged leaders at different leadership positions to step up the sensitisation campaign about Covid-19 measures as the number of people who have succumbed to the pandemic increases.

Balimwezo made the remarks while carrying out door to door awareness campaign aimed at sensitising the public about Covid-19 measures.

"It is upon us leaders who have traveled and identified needs to come out and sensitise our people and the community at large that Covid-19 is real and seriously killing people in the country,"he said.

He told the media in Kampala that given the fact that most of our hospitals are full to capacity, it is important for the leaders to keep on reminding the public about the dangers of the pandemic.

"As you know, our health system is the poorest in the region. We are quite challenged that very soon, we may have very many people dying in our community, if we don't wake up and talk our people,"he said.

"It is important for us to mitigate and prevent the spread of Covid-19 and that is the reason why we are moving around to sensitise our people."

He explained that he has realised that most people don't want to wear face masks, something that exposes one to the risk of contracting the virus.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health announced that more 1,727 Ugandans tested positive for Covid-19 on June 11, 2021, with five more virus deaths registered in 24 hours.

According to the ministry’s statement issued Sunday, the new infections and virus deaths have pushed Uganda's cumulative cases to 61,977 with 428 total fatalities registered since March last year when the virus outbreak was confirmed in the country.

There are currently 884 active cases on admission at different health facilities. At least 48,160 people have recovered since March last year.

So far, only 1,196, 926 Ugandans have tested for the virus in a country with a population of 41 million people.

As cases continue to surge, only 777,805 Ugandans have been vaccinated against the virus.

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