KAMPALA — President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will on Wednesday March 18, address the country on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state of the nation address to be relayed live on all television and radio stations is expected at 5PM, State House Entebbe.
Assistant Presidential Press Secretary Linda Nabusayi said PPU will relay the president’s address to all other media houses “because there will be no access to State House by other media Houses over Coronavirus”
“We shall be sharing with you the link and content for use” she said on social media.
The president is expected to reemphasiz coronavirus precautionary measures announced by Health Ministry including washing of hands, avoiding shaking hands, hugging among others.
President Museveni last week urged foreign tourists coming to Uganda to consider the current world crisis caused by the spread of Coronavirus, and stay away as the country joins international efforts to combat the pandemic to stabilize the crisis.
“There’s no shortcut about Coronavirus,” the President said.
“Let’s loose the money and save lives,” Mr. Museveni said, cautioning companies and those dealing with foreign tourists already in the country to follow precautions put in place to avoid catching and spreading the deadly virus.
It is not immediately clear whether the president will also talk about a new vaccine that instantly kills the virus as announced by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
A footage on social media has since indicated that Mr Museveni was part of the meeting where a man who calls himself Prof Safraz Naiz said that he invented a spray that can instantly kill coronavirus.
President Museveni is seen discussed with the man on how Uganda cab benefit from his vaccines.
On floor of Parliament, Speaker Kadaga said announced the development that has since backfired.
“A Professor who manufactured a treatment for corona virus in the US was here last week and he has donated the patent to Uganda and within a fortnight, the treatment will be made here….. It will be made by a Company called Dei International. …..There is hope and the treatment will start here in Uganda.”
On Tuesday, Dr Richard Idro President, Uganda Medical Association (UMA) slammed Kadaga for announcing ‘fake’ vaccine that hasn’t been scrutinized by competent bodies.
Dr. Idro said that to date, there is no single medicine that can cure this disease or a vaccine that can prevent it, much as many are being tested.
“Any unevidenced claim of a treatment or cure without due scientific evidence and corroboration by a competent institution mandated to regulate medicines is not only incorrect, gives false hope but may also be dangerous” he said