By Cynthia Elaine Pacutho, Rotarian Malaria Partners Uganda (RMPU)
In early September, RMPUconducted the first site visit after lockdown and completed a needs assessment for RC Kampala, Wandegeya. PAG Mebra led the sensitization talk highlighting our five malaria prevention advocacies, now including a sixth – growing natural mosquito repellent vegetation.
The caseload is escalating around the country and as at Monday 7th, there were 124 new cases and 2 new deaths registered. To date confirmed cases are 3,900, recoveries 1,817 and deaths 46. The president begun to gradually ease the lockdown by sector about three months ago with mandatory safety SOPs among which were the PPEs.
Currently only worship and education centres, and recreation (bars, cinemas etc.) remain closed. After receiving police permission, 2 members from Malaria Partners InternationalU with 4 club members met a few community leaders – having sanitized/washed our hands, wore masks and observed social distancing. The leaders will in turn sensitize their communities on Malaria prevention within their mandated SOPs.