Pawoa joins Uganda’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to encourage communities and individuals to observe the guidelines given below to avoid further spread of COVID-19 disease.
Source: Ministry of Health – Uganda
- Avoid hand shaking and hugging at all times
- Avoid close contact with people who are visibly sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sneeze).
- When sick with flu-like symptoms avoid going to public places, offices and public gatherings. Remain at home to avoid infecting others.
- You do not need to wear medical masks if you do not have respiratory symptoms such as cough, sneezing or running nose.
- Don’t take self-medication such as antibiotics.
- Do NOT spit in public. Find a secluded place like toilets or pit latrines in which to spit.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or, use an alcohol-based hand rub. This will remove the virus if it is on your hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or a handkerchief when coughing and sneezing. Throw away the used tissue immediately into a dustbin or burn it and wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. The handkerchief must be washed by yourself daily, dried and ironed with a hot iron. In this way, you protect others from any virus released through coughs and sneezes.
- Maintain reasonable distance between yourself and someone who is coughing, sneezing (at least 1 meter apart).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces, which can be contaminated with the virus, and you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
- If you are caring for individuals who have symptoms, such as cough and fever you are encouraged to use a facemask to cover your nose and mouth for personal protection.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs/handles, car doors, elevator buttons etc. daily with regular household disinfectant or soap and water
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical care immediately. If possible, call a health worker and alert them about your condition. Always follow the guidance of your health care worker.
- People with flu-like symptoms should use face masks to cover the nose and mouth and stay home in a well-ventilated room.