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Uganda: Worrying Rise in Covid-19 Infections and Deaths

How is Uganda coping?

Not well, I am afraid. Our health system is quite fragile and was never built for large scale or prolonged critical care. There have been pockets of success building the resilience of the health system, but efforts are generally fragmented and rarely consolidated.

So the country’s health system has been stretched thin and is unable to cope with the surge in cases. It doesn’t have enough supplies, especially of oxygen and beds for critically ill patients. The COVID-19 response is also not as decentralised as it should be.

The private sector has stepped in to support. But it’s expensive and many families can’t afford it. Development partners and civil society are also trying to support, but scope is limited.

Source: The Conversation

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