Minister warns traditionalists against using herbs on Corona victims
The state minister for gender and culture affairs, Peace Mutuuzo has cautioned traditional healers and herbalists to desist from issuing herbal prescriptions to affected patients in case of any contraction of the deadly Corona pandemic.
While addressing the public at the Media centre, Mutuuzo advised traditionalists not to come to close contact with suspected patients as this would even worsen and quicken the spread of the virus.
“Traditional healers and herbalists should refer all patients with symptoms of coronavirus to health facilities for further management. This is a new disease that we know very little about,” the minister said.
Ms Mutuuzo further tasked people operating children homes to observe the Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines placed by Ministry of Health.
“We have a tendency of keeping on alert for short time and if we see nothing happening we revert to our norms,” the minister said.
“This is not business as usual. We should strongly adhere to hygiene practices to shorten our journey of preventing the spread of coronavirus,” she added.
Ms Mutuuzo also urged people at the borders to report strangers and hand them over to authorities so that they can be handled properly to prevent the spread of the pandemic that has claimed thousands and infected hundreds of thousands across the world.
There are still some porous access routes being used by unknown elements who illegally access the country. Reports from the Albertine region say there are hundreds of people from Zaire accessing the country on canoes navigating on Lake Albert. Ugandan authorities have not fully done enough to contain the spread of the virus. Even at the concentration point at Entebbe Airport, there are reports of foreigners bribing their way out of the quarantine process. Amidst all this, Uganda remains the only East African country without a confirmed positive Corona case.