The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has cautioned the public against circulating falsehoods about COVID-19, a new strain of Coronaviruses that has devastated the world.
The communications regulator observes that there is an increase in cases of misinformation through the publication of audios and videos, circulating on digital platforms following the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 on Saturday.
In a statement, UCC warned that this conduct can cause civil disobedience, incitement of violence against people and their property and financial turmoil.
This morning, a Ministry of Health official Abirahmi Kananathan asked the public to disregard a post making rounds on social media that Uganda has registered the second case of COVID-19 referring to a man who was picked from Njeru in Buikwe District.
The alleged suspect who is said to have travelled on the same plane with Uganda's first confirmed case had been undergoing self-quarantine at home. But he was picked to complete his 14-days from Jinja Regional Referral hospital.
In the same line, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has urged the public to verify all the information they get before circulating it. She told this Radio that what they are fighting more than COVID -19, is wrong information.
Currently, she says, there is no approved treatment for COVID-19 dispelling misinformation that those that take malaria drug chloroquine or HIV drugs are cleared of the virus.
On his part, the World Health Organization Uganda Country Representative Dr Tegnen Woldermariam said as Uganda announced the first case on Saturday, there's a challenge of misinformation and stigma.
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