Kampala, 08 May, 2020 / 7:07 am (ACI Africa).
Bishops in Uganda have cautioned citizens against mythical narratives about COVID-19, saying the assumptions endanger the lives of many in the East African nation.
“The community is filled with all sorts of myths and talks, some saying COVID-19 is not a disease for the Africans while others say it’s not in Uganda. These talks put the lives of Ugandans at risk,” the Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), Bishop Anthony Zziwa was quoted as saying Tuesday, May 5.
The Bishops’ caution follows media reports about fake news on the pandemic that has continued to spread across the globe, with at least 3.5 million confirmed cases across 187 countries, including over 250,000 deaths.
An April 28 report by the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) indicates that the landlocked country has seen a lot of fake news about the virus on different social media platforms.
“Different information has been circulated on social media platforms claiming that drugs used for treating malaria could heal COVID-19 patients,” the WOUGNET report reads and continues, “Antiretroviral (ARV) medication is also one of the drugs rumored to be the treatment for the virus.”