President Yoweri Museveni has said that Uganda’s young population worked advantageously in the country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“Uganda has a predominantly young population with those aged 0-14 years being 47.9% and those below 30 years being 78%. As Ugandans are aware young people tend to withstand Covid-19 better than the more elderly population. In this regard, Uganda’s population age structure being predominantly young is working in our favor in the fight against the pandemic,” -Museveni in his statement to mark World population day.
Uganda has recently hit the 1k mark of covid-19 patients, having over 950 recoveries and no deaths recorded.
The pandemic’s spread across Africa is also slowed down by the young population. The outbreak of the new virus has reached every nation in Africa, a continent of 1.2 billion people. Africa has recorded a lower number of COVID-19 cases and deaths compared to other continents since the outbreak of the virus.
As of July 10, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 12,474, recording 543,136 confirmed infections and 265,810 recoveries according to Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, despite warnings from experts over the fragile healthcare systems in many African countries that would not survive in case of a severe outbreak.
Under the theme; ‘Leveraging Uganda’s Population Dynamics for a Resilient Future amidst COVID-19’ for this year’s World Population Day, President Museveni continued to note in his statement that youth empowerment is top priority towards the country’s development. “Lastly, I wish to inform you that the government will continue to give priority to issues of our youth by empowering them so that they improve their welfare and contribute positively towards Uganda’s development.” He said.