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Ugandans won't be evacuated from China over coronavirus - Museveni

Masked passengers awaiting to fly out of China

Masked passengers awaiting to fly out of China

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said that Ugandans living in China should not be evacuated because of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus that is ravaging the city of Wuhan in China's central Hubei Province.

According to the latest figures, the deadly virus has killed over 491 people with 24,363 others confirmed as having contracted the virus.

Speaking at the State House Entebbe where he received a brief about the outbreak from Chinese ambassador to Uganda Zheng Zhuqiang, Museveni said that the government of China has already put in place mechanisms to contain and prevent the transmission of the disease, hence Ugandans are safer there.

Museveni made the same directive on Monday after a meeting with Ugandan officials led by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda about Uganda’s preparedness to tackle the virus. The president said there should be an aggressive campaign to educate people about the dangers of the virus and what should be done to prevent it.

“I now understand this disease. I’m going to write about it so that the public is sensitized on how to prevent it,” said Museveni.

Countries like the US, Canada, United Kingdom among others have been evacuating their citizens from China in order to get proper management at home. China has also placed a total lockdown on Wuhan city preventing anyone from leaving or entering in order to control the spread of the virus.

Ambassador Zheng told Museveni that his government is doing everything possible to contain the virus. He said they are also planning to build a record 1,000-bed Huoshenshan medical facility in the city of Wuhan to secure the safety of the people.

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the strong measures taken by China at the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak have prevented the significant spread abroad and called for greater solidarity of the world.

According to reports, 99 per cent of the cases are in China, and 97 per cent of the deaths are in Hubei Province where it started.  



+7 #1 Lysol 2020-02-05 22:27
Museveni does not give a damn or cares about ordinary Ugandans.

Secondly,. the corrupt regime lacks the resources to evacuate Ugandans from anywhere in the world. It would rather spend the money for its selfish end.

Why not dispatch one of those Bombardier Planes to go and get those stranded kids. The so-called grandfather who does not care about his so-called grandkids? Even the poor DRC has managed to evacuate its citizens.
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+4 #2 rubangakene 2020-02-05 22:54
The question now is, what about the traffic from China that has not been checked since and what assurances are there for us Ugandans here who are like sitting ducks.

Are you going to make a "state of the nation" address concerning this epidemic? Please do something to alleviate our concerns as citizens of Uganda otherwise nobody will turn up for voting come election day!
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