Kampala – Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) has called on Ugandans to take precautionary measures and guidance by the Ministry of Health very seriously as the country goes through this new COVID-19 wave.
Speaking to the media in Kampala this afternoon, the PSFU Chairman, Hon. Dr. Elly Karuhanga said he had noted with great concern a two-fold increase in COVID-19 infections in the country.
“There were 6,808 confirmed COVID-19 cases between 30th May – 5th June, 2021 as reported by the Ministry of Health,” Hon Dr. Elly Karuhanga said.
He revealed that due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the PSFU ‘Tugobe Corona’ campaign which was launched months back has been reinstated with the slogan ‘It’s in Your Hands’. This, he said was being done as a risk communication strategy to sensitize and create awareness on the benefits following the standard operating procedures; wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing of hands with soap or sanitizing regularly.
Dr Karuhanga, noted that PSFU was committed to supporting business sustainability and competitiveness, as a way of complimenting Government’s efforts in curbing the rapid spread of the COVID-19 disease.
“We have noted that the key priorities currently include adequate oxygen supplies, equipment and facilities to produce vaccines and testing kits locally,” he said.
He also said that the provision of rigorous medical care for the severely and critically ill; institution of robust public health measures to limit transmission rates in the communities; support for vaccination activities and testing among others were part of the efforts where PSFU will indulge.
The PSFU Chairman called on all Ugandans to religiously follow the standard operating procedures and go to designated health centres as advised by Ministry of Health and get vaccinated.
“We encourage all the private sector enterprises to lead by example so that our employees, clients and followers can emulate our behaviour,” he said.
Africa Tembelea has since learnt that the PSFU in partnership with its membership, the UN in Uganda, Mastercard Foundation and the wider private sector has also set up a private sector COVID-19 task force to support the risk communication strategy, as well as mobilize resources to supplement Government’s efforts.