Human Rights Law
The Right To Health And The Covid 19 Pandemic In Uganda: An Appraisal Of The State’s Obligations Regarding The Right To Health During A Pandemic
Article by Kevin Nakimbugwe & Sabiti Edwin
The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic has taken a gruesome toll on every country’s healthcare system. However, a special malignant threat is faced by developing nations whose healthcare system has always been so fragile, like the case of Uganda. The devastating effects of the pandemic should be a wakeup call for the state to rejuvenate the public health care system as well as regulate private healthcare providers. Unfortunately, there exists a persistent indifference towards the realization of Social and Economic rights, especially the right to health. As such, the call to move state machinery towards the beefing up of the healthcare system is overlooked. Where this state of affairs leaves the state as regards its constitutional and international obligations is in stark violation of its international obligations. The same must therefore be remedied.