State House has Sunday morning refuted rumors circulating that President Yoweri Museveni is ill, saying he “is due to preside over a virtual World Health Summit today at Munyonyo”.
Presidential press secretary Lindah Nabusayi in a social media post Sunday morning urged Ugandans to ignore reports that their leader was ill.
“President Museveni is due to preside over a virtual World Health Summit today at Munyonyo. Please disregard claims by idle minds peddling this. It’s FakeNews,” she wrote on Twitter.
Various sources media users on Saturday night claimed the President was sick and that he had been airlifted to one of the European countries for specialized treatment.
Uganda held a day of prayer after President Yoweri Museveni imposed a stricter lockdown and shut down parliament as coronavirus cases soar.
But many are wondering if these measures are enough.
President Yoweri Museveni declared Friday a public holiday for the nation to pray for a reversal of the pandemic.
This comes as Uganda sees an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases.
President Museveni noted many COVID deaths were likely not recorded.
The huge increase in coronavirus cases has resulted in Uganda’s public hospitals reporting countless challenges as they strive to cope.
Reports from the capital Kampala highlight the main challenges: lack of beds for new patients, shortage of oxygen equipment, and personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and masks, for those on the frontlines.