The deadly COVID-19 (Corona Virus) has had an effect on so many events and engagements across the world and the game of football too has not been spared.
This week, HE the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced a temporary lock-down for 32 days on a number of public gatherings and activities as a measure to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.
Whereas there has not been any case reported yet in Uganda, Jonathan McKinstry, the head coach of the Uganda Cranes believes it’s important to encourage the football fraternity and the general public to remain vigilant.
‘I am coming to you today to talk about unfortunately the worrying pandemic of COVID-19, the Coronavirus. Obviously, everyone is aware of the struggles that are happening all around the world. Here in Uganda, we have been very fortunate to date that we don’t have any record cases of Coronavirus. However, it requires everyone to be vigilant in order to maintain that status.’ noted the Cranes coach.
‘So, I am encouraging all the players, the officials and the supporters across Uganda to follow closely the Ministry of Health advise, the advice of the World Health Organisation, FIFA and FUFA because things like regular hand washing, keeping social distance, not gathering in large crowds. These simple forms can help to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and together, if we all do our small part, we can help to keep Uganda safe both for us as individuals and for the whole country’ added McKinstry.
He also assured the football fraternity that he will remain in the country despite the fears across the World.
‘I will stay here and continue to monitor the situation. Whereas there is a halt on our activities but the supervision of players and doing of other work is going on. So for now, i will keep here.’
For now, all competitions run and sanctioned by FUFA and its related activities have been called off until further notice.
Some of the precautionary measures include;
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, especially before eating and after contact with people.
- Avoid touching your face, in particular eyes, nose and mouth. This can prevent the virus from entering your body.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing and use the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of it after use.
- Avoid close contact (within 1 meter / 3 feet), especially with people who display symptoms of the virus, such as cough or fever.
- Stay at home if you feel unwell, develop fever or other respiratory symptoms.