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COVID-19: The disease, the fears, and the possibility of an enlightened civilization


Date of Publication: June 2, 2020

      Coronavirus Disease of 2019 or Covid-19, is a disease about which much remains to be done. Unlike previous pandemics, it has raised far-fetched and wide-ranging fears and questions. This has led to fervent re-examination of the human history and character.  It has revealed deep-seated and fearful realities of our past, of our present life and of the future. It has exposed how human history has moved from one traumatic and uncorrected mistake to another amidst progressive advances.  It has also shown that many people are waking up to the fact that our current way of life (or civilization, if yo...

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Power versus Public Health in the COVID-19 pandemic


Date of Publication: May 29, 2020

Public Health practitioners must understand the role of power in a pandemic because it significantly influences the formulation and implementation of public health policies. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated this phenomenon so well.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first identified amid an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  It was initially reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31, 2019. On January 30, 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global health emergency and on March 11, 2020, a global pandemic. Since then, the ...

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Strategies to exit Covid-19 lock down in African countries


Date of Publication: May 4, 2020

The Corona virus (SARS – CoV2) which causes the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not going to go away. People are going to have to learn to live with it; doing business and having social relations as for example, like they did with HIV/AIDS. Presently COVID-19 has no cure or vaccine and as a result, countries have sought to slow down the spread of the infection by instituting “lockdowns” to protect people and prevent their healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed.

Lockdowns impose stressful conditions on society and countries are now looking for measures to exit the unsustainable c...

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Survival for the fittest - the game plan for time of Crisis


Date of Publication: April 6, 2020

I must say many issues surrounding the COVID-19 took us by surprise though its existence had been made known to the world when first index cases were confirmed in China followed by deaths. In Uganda we know this pandemic originated from China and spread to other countries. Before the COVID-19 era, Uganda seemed to be on a progressive road to success as far as tackling poverty issues was concerned given various government efforts in place. Additionally, new businesses were springing up with many people especially the youth preferring to move to urban areas and  exchanging  land for other opportunities most notably Boda boda bu...

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Blog: Coronavirus lockdowns: Is Africa doing too much or too little?

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Opinion: Survival for the fittest - the game plan for time of Crisis

Opinion: Strategies to exit Covid-19 lock down in African countries

Opinion: Power versus Public Health in the COVID-19 pandemic

Opinion: COVID-19: The disease, the fears, and the possibility of an enlightened civilization

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