Doctors are calling upon the government to re-institute another national lockdown as a means to curb the spread of COVID-19 over Christmas holidays.
According to doctors under the Uganda Medical Association cases of COVID-19 are set to increase due to the Christmas holiday and ongoing political campaigns.
They now want the government to institute a lockdown a few days to Christmas and re-open next year.
The doctors’ plea is similar to that made by the ministry of health and some politicians last week.
Dr Frank Assimwe, a surgeon and also the chairperson in charge of welfare at UMA, says if nothing is done, the country is going to experience a spike in COVID-19 cases that will stress an already stressed health system.
Dr Monica Musenero, an epidemiologist and also a senior presidential advisor on epidemics, says that travel during christmas will transport the virus from urban centres to villages where the number of infections has been next to non-existent.
Countries like the United Kingdom that instituted second lockdowns when Covid cases began to increase have partially lifted the lockdown for five days during the festive system.