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Uganda’s Response to the Omicron Variant.

02nd December 2021 – The Ministry of Health would like to update the public on the current status of the COVID19 pandemic, vaccination against COVID19 and measures to curb the importation of the new COVID-19 variant known as ‘Omicron’.

Overview of COVID-19 in the country

To-date, the country has registered 127,485 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,252 deaths. Furthermore, the current admissions stand at 115 in both public and private facilities.

The country has sustained low transmission of COVID-19 with a positivity rate of less than 5% since September 2021.

Minister of Health Dr.Ruth Aceng Addressing parliament of Uganda.

Omicron Variant

The B.1.1.529 variant of SARS-CoV2, also known as Omicron, was first identified by scientists in South Africa in a specimen collected on 9th November 2021 and later from specimens collected between the12th – 20th November 2021, from Gauteng, South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong and subsequently reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on 24th November 2021.

A meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory group on variant evolution held on 26th November named it the ‘Omicron variant’ and designated it a Variant of Concern.  Since its initial identification, the variant has spread significantly to reach all provinces of South Africa.  It has also been identified in countries neighboring South Africa namely; Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia as well as among travelers to distant countries including, Netherlands, Thailand, Israel, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Italy, Belgium and Germany with the list of countries continually growing.

Not much is known about the variant, since it is new, but, this variant is reported to have 32 mutations (genetic changes) in the spike protein gene (the coat of the virus); more than those that have been identified in several other variants of concern including the Delta and Alpha variants. These changes, its feared could potentially render the virus more infectious, more transmissible, and harder to detect using available laboratory tests and may cause more severe disease.  However, these are still under research and are yet to be well documented.

While the Omicron variant has been reported in several countries across the world, it is important to note that this variant has not been detected in Uganda.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating with a large number of researchers around the world to better understand the Omicron. Studies currently underway include;

•Assessment of transmissibility

•Severity of infection

•Performance of current available vaccines

•Performance of the available COVID19 diagnostics tests

•Effectiveness of treatments

More information will be available in the coming weeks which will be shared with the general public.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health continues to closely monitor the evolution of the spread of the Omicron variant globally and a number of measures have been instituted to prevent the importation of the variant into the country.

Government interventions to curb the importation of the Omicron Variant

 

Management of travelers in and out of the country

•Intensified surveillance at points of entry; with particular emphasis at the high-volume entry points notably Entebbe International Airport and high-volume land border points like; Malaba, Busia, Mutukula, Elegu, Mpondwe and Katuna.  The following is being done based on a scientific approach and after a careful analysis of the risks.

1.The Government of Uganda instituted mandatory testing of all incoming travelers upon arrival on 28th October, 2021. To-date, 48,259 samples have been tested with 228 positive cases recorded. On average, six (6) positive cases are recorded daily. Testing of all incoming passengers at Entebbe International Airport will continue, however Passengers will be allowed to proceed to their destination once their sample has been removed. We believe that the daily average of 6 cases is still a manageable number that our surveillance teams can easily track and follow up.

2. Testing of incoming travelers at other land Points of Entry will be conducted by the private laboratories at Government set rates, as Ministry of Health continues to build capacity for testing as directed by Cabinet

3.Persons who test positive shall be tracked and put under home-based care or health facility-based isolation depending on the severity of disease. Asymptomatic cases will be placed under home based care and followed up by the Ministry of Health via the toll free line 0800-100-066 daily. The positive cases will be subject to a repeat PCR test on the seventh day.

4.Symptomatic cases requiring admission shall be managed at designated COVID-19 treatment units

5.All positive samples from travelers shall undergo genomic sequencing to enable detection of the Omicron and other variants.

6.All travelers are requested to be honest and sincere when sharing details of their addresses and contacts. This is to enable prompt follow up to prevent the spread of the virus. Giving false addresses puts the entire country at danger. The ministry of health is relying on you to help us in this exercise so that we avoid holding travelers at the airport but at the same time take precautions to avoid spread of infection

Additional measures

•Samples taken from alerts or people who develop COVID19 like symptoms from communities in the country. Samples from individuals that test positive will also be subjected to genomic sequencing. This will enable us to search for presence of the omicron variant in the country or any other new variant that may develop in country

•Increase the uptake of COVID-19 Vaccination; The vaccination campaign is being accelerated to increase coverage.

•Adherence to COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures. This is a must including mandatory use of face masks when in public, maintaining good hand hygiene at all times, avoiding crowds and keeping a distance of at least 2 meters.  These cheap preventive measures help us to stop the spread of the virus. The more COVID 19 circulates among the communities, the more opportunities the virus has to change (mutate). It is therefore extremely important that we all work to reduce circulation of the COVID 19 virus to interrupt mutations

COVID-19 Vaccination

The Government of Uganda continues to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination as a strategic intervention to control the pandemic including the effects posed by the new variants.

So far, 6,973,161 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to the population. Of this, 5,767,857 (25%) of the 22 million eligible persons have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines while 1,205,161 (5%) have received the second dose.

Vaccines Pipeline in the country

To-date, the Government has received a total of 17,131,090 doses through donations and direct procurement by the Government of Uganda; of which 10,523,853 doses have been distributed countrywide. Distribution of the remaining 6,607,237 doses is ongoing.

We expect an additional 15,563,650 doses of various vaccines by end of December 2021.

 

Accelerated Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign (AMVC)

In order to increase uptake, the Ministry of Health has expanded the vaccination activity from only static sites in the health facilities to include outreaches in the communities e.g. villages, churches, taxi parks, markets etc. This is intended to bring the vaccines closer to the communities.

Therefore, against this background, the Ministry of Health commenced an Accelerated Mass COVID-19 Vaccination campaign starting with the regions with high COVID-19 infection rates. The campaign has so far covered the regions of Teso, Lango, Kigezi and Acholi sub-regions.

 

Opening of weekly markets

During his address to the nation on 22nd September 2021, H. E the President directed that weekly markets in the hotspot districts of Soroti, Kampala, Kalungu, Kabale, Kumi, Tororo, Gulu, Nwoya and Yumbe remain closed. He directed the Minister for Health to review their situation for safe re-opening. Since that time, intense surveillance, management of cases and vaccination against COVID19 has taken place in these areas. They are no longer hotspot areas and therefore I would like to inform the district task forces and the public that the weekly markets can now be opened but with strict adherence to SOPs and the curfew hours.

 

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, I would like to appeal to the population to embrace and take seriously the COVID-19 vaccination exercise. Getting vaccinated and adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will protect you and your loved ones from getting infected with COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and free. It will protect our country from the devastating effects of COVID-19.

For God and my Country.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero

Minister for Health

02nd December 2021

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Customer Reviews

Michael T 06/June/2021

TripAdvisor
Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

TripAdvisor
Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

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I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .
 
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