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All prayers have to stop, even God will not forgive us if people got infected from church – Museveni

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has ordered for closure of all learning institutions effective Friday, March 20, for 30 days as a precautionary measure to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the country is yet to record its first confirmed case of COVID-19, Museveni said the country was undertaking the measures to avoid it since the country’s larger population is sickly.

Yoweri Museveni says Ugandans' health conditions cannot allow them give way for coronavirusPresident Yoweri Museveni said the country was undertaking the measures to avoid the diseases since the country’s larger population is sickly. Photo: Daily Monitor
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He gave the directives on Wednesday, March 18, during which he also noted that everyone returning to the country from regions affected by the disease to self-quarantine.

They will, however, not do it at their homes but in a government mandated location at their own costs.

“All prayers on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays will have to stop as well for one month, even God will not forgive us if people got infected from the church,” said Museveni.

“When it comes to health it is better to be a coward than to be infected,” he added.

The president also imposed a ban on religious gatherings, big weddings and nightclubs noting that drunk people sit close to one another and speak with saliva coming out of their mouths.

Museveni further advised Ugandans to maintain a healthy diet and take in a lot of fluids that will boost their immunity to fight the disease in case they get infected.

He also directed banks to disinfect money from the banks before releasing them to the public while encouraging the use of mobile transfer for transactions.

“Since we have a larger number of people with HIV – 1.4 million, diabetes 800, 000 and hypertension 4.8 million…we must do everything we can to ensure that this virus does not come here,” he said

A research laboratory at Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine had announced it had discovered various forms of coronaviruses in samples collected from bats in the country.

Denis Byarugaba, the lead research scientist at the laboratory, on Friday, March 13, said they had been doing a number of tests that detected the virus in common species that live with people.

It should be noted that there are various coronaviruses that exist, Daily Monitor reported.

“We have analysed 16,000 samples and seen a prevalence of coronaviruses at a prevalence of 0.6%,” he said.

Byarugaba said during the current outbreak, they have screened 500 bats and discovered mass coronavirus.

“Through a collaboration with a partner, we were able to isolate mass coronaviruses from bats,” he said.

The expert also said another test on camels from Karamoja, which are suspected to have the virus provided shocking findings.

The types of the coronavirus discovered are, however, different from Covid-19, the cause of the current global pandemic.

 

The researcher said there is a need to intensify efforts to look for these viruses in other animals for better surveillance purposes.

According to Sylvia Baluka, another expert at the college, and president of Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA), most diseases that affect man and which do come from animals, are zoonotic.

She says the government should avail more funds to strengthen research, monitoring and regulation of veterinary products to prevent these diseases before they spread to people.

Pontiano Kaleebu, the Director of UVRI, said the coronaviruses have been in Uganda for long.

“A number of people have been infected by coronaviruses. If you ever got short cold and cough, it could have been due to a coronavirus,” Kaleebu said.

Kaleebu explained, however, that Covid-19 is proving deadly because it has just crossed from an animal to a new host, humans.

“This typically leads to severe infection, it can severely infect your lungs. It is more dangerous than these other ones that have been around,” he said.

“The reason could be because it is new in humans, it has been in other animals and has just crossed to humans and humans are not used to it,” he added.

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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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Janet Mbugua shares her Covid-19 scare

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Media personality Janet Mbugua has shared the tale of the time she faced a scare as thought she had contracted Covid-19 last month.

In a video she shared on Instagram, the former Citizen tv news anchor said she experienced Covid-19 symptoms which escalated quite quickly.

The video shows her being taken through the nasal swab test for Covid-19, which is known to very uncomfortable.

Luckily, the result for the mother of two came back negative.

Janet Mbugua said that her scary experience motivated her to fight the fear and stigma related to Coronavirus, and will use her platform to advocate for a vaccine.

This comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise sharply in Kenya amid a rush by various pharmaceutical companies globally to come up with an effective vaccine.

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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

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The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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