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Ministry of Health bans “Tumbiza sound” song for promoting COVID-19 spread!

The Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health has written to Uganda Commissions Communication (UCC) to immediately ban the broadcast of a song which contradicts COVID-19 SOPs.

According to a letter by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the message in the song has in turn caused misinformation among different audiences and subsequently creating complacency among the public.

Below is the Dr Mwebesa’s letter:

Currently, the Ministry of Health is working with the Uganda Communications Commission and the Ministry of Information CommunicationTechnology and National Guidance to effectively deliver Health Promotion and Education information to the public.

However, it has been noted with concern that there is a song being broadcasted on electronic and social media with messages contradicting the Ministry of Health standard operating procedures on COVID-19 prevention titled “Tumbiza Sound’ by Eric Opoka A.K.A EeZzy The message in the song has in turn caused misinformation among different audiences and subsequently creating complacency among the public.

This is therefore to request you to ban the airing of the song on all mass media channels so the public is not misled Furthermore, I wish to request that going forward all edutainment with health information/messages on COVID-19 passed onto the different media houses are harmonized with Ministry of Health before they are aired.

Please find attached a copy of the song lyrics and their translation in English for your reference and action.

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