Impact of a national lockdown for COVID-19 on morbidity and mortality among children with sickle cell anaemia at a tertiary care hospital in Uganda

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Paediatrics and Child Health (East Africa)


COVID-19 and its prevention have put considerable strain on healthcare systems in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). In Uganda, a national lockdown was declared on March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern of the spread of cases without aggressive measures to prevent spread. The lockdown consisted of the closure of all offices except essential ones, orders to stay at home unless an emergency occurred, school closure, a ban on all meetings of more than 10 people, a ban on public and private transport, closing down of all shops, malls, restaurants, places of worship and other facilities in which group meetings might occur, keeping a distance of at least 2 meters from other people in public places and a 7:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. curfew.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

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