The Vice-Chancellor African Rural University (ARU) Dr. Mwalimu Musheshe’s article in The New Vision news of 29th June 2020 page 19 giving guidelines on COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic should not only be discerned as a negative phenomenon with lamentations, regrets, and frustration, but something Ugandans and the government can learn from.
The Coronavirus has taught Ugandans how to save meager resources and invest in productive ventures contrary to what they had been doing before the lockdown. It is a lesson for some Ugandans with a poor saving culture, which leads to low investments, low income, and a high level of poverty as a result.
Ugandans need to wake up and not to take things for granted and change their mindset. As a result of what is happening today, things are being done differently. For example, we have scientific weddings, electioneering, preaching/teaching through media platforms, celebrations, anniversaries, burials, among others.
The presidential directive on social distancing, handwashing with soap, wearing of face masks and gloves, as well as staying at home, teach Ugandans the need to observe personal hygiene, sanitation and prevent other contagious and infectious diseases apart from COVID-19 such as cholera, dysentery, ebola, common flue, and other intestinal and bodily illness.