Ugandans residing in Kampala and other cities have been urged to desist from traveling to their villages for celebration of the Christmas festivities.
As has been the norm for very many years, many people living in urban centres to celebrate with their families in villages. However, this may not be the case this year, due to the COVID19 Pandemic.
Many people staying in villages are in the vulnerable category and are at high risk of dying if they contract the virus from city dwellers, since Kampala has the highest number of infections.
During a press briefing on Sunday, Judith Nabakooba the Minister for ICT and National guidance said all Ugandans are advised to cancel all traditional Christmas and end of year travels to the villages.
“Majority of the elderly people in the villages are already vulnerable. You can celebrate with them by calling and using available mobile money options instead of yours and their health” Nabakooba advised.
She noted that the best way to share love this season is by everyone staying at home and following guidelines against COVID19. She urged Ugandans to use the festivities for personal care and protection.
“In order to win against COVID19, medical experts are advising us to understand our complete medical status. Instead of traveling around visiting friends and relatives, use this time to have a complete medical checkup. Get to know your blood pressure situation including other conditions such as diabetes” she added.
Nabakooba urged Ugandans to continue following SOPs like wearing face masks and social distancing. Currently, COVID19 cases in Uganda stand at 27,532 confirmed, 221 deaths and 9,826 recoveries.