President Museveni seized sickness rumors which went viral on social media claiming that he is sick and had been airlifted to Germany in a critical condition after suffering breathing complications purportedly due to COVID-19 according to his private doctor, Dr Monica Musenero. The fake tweet read.
However, Mr Museveni and his wife Janet Museveni made public appearance, yesterday at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda for World Health Summit official opening ceremony.
The President arrived at the Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo to preside over a virtual World Health Regional meeting hosted by Makerere University and the Government of Uganda and will run from 27th to 30th June 2021 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The World Health Summit held every October in Berlin, Germany is complimented by a Regional Meeting in a different part of the world. Health is a truly global challenge—most health issues affect people everywhere. At the same time, different regions and cultures have different health priorities.
The President’s physical appearance puts an end to earlier reports that he was being treated on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19.
Speaking during the opening of the World Health Summit at Speke Resort Munyonyo, President Museveni said the country is making good strides as far as the COVID-19 drug is concerned, adding that many people have been cured.
“With the therapeutics, one of our products has been tried among some patients and most of them have fully recovered, while the others are still on treatment,” Museveni said on Sunday evening.
“We target to reach 124 patients before we are sure that this medicine treats COVID-19 patients. I salute the few outsiders that helped us. I, therefore, appeal to our regional scientists to work together and put up a united front.”
The president said research into traditional medicine is very important especially in Africa since most people use such herbs for treatment.
He also mentioned Asia and Latin America where most of the population uses traditional medicine to meet some of their primary health care needs.
“Research into traditional medicine is particularly important in Africa in making good use of our natural and richly endowed environment. In Africa, up to 80% of the population uses traditional medicine for primary health care. The age-old cures that kept our forefathers disease-free must be given enough attention so that we improve on them and preserve their use,” he said.
According to Museveni, government remains committed to funding research and innovations by scientists especially those in the universities.
The president also commented about the Ugandan-made COVID-19 vaccine that he said is also progressing well.
He noted that he hopes the vaccine will be ready by November 2021.