KAMPALA — All Tuesday’s 2,400 samples have tested negative to COVID-19, the health ministry has said.
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng in a post on twitter, said the good news coming in was that all samples tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on Tuesday April 28, had returned negative.
“All 2,400 samples tested negative for COVID-19… Of these, 534 samples were from the community while 1,866 samples were from truck drivers,” Dr Aceng said.
“This is good news. Let’s keep practicing COVID-19 preventive measures. Prevention is better than cure,” she added.
She also revealed that 5 other patients had been discharged after recovering from COVID-19.
“5 patients were discharged after recovering from COVID-19. 3 from Entebbe Grade B and 2 from Mulago Hospital…,” she said.
In a separate development, Africa Tembelea has learnt that the two deaths that occured at Lacor Hospital in Gulu were not caused by COVID-19, as was initially suspected by health officials at the hospital.
The two deaths that occured on Sunday were of a 59-year-old Kenyan truck driver and an 18-year-old female who was admitted at the hospital.
The 59-year-old was referred from the Elegu border post in Amuru district while the 18-year-old woman was also admitted to the isolation ward on Saturday. She was reportedly referred to Lacor hospital from Abee Hospital in Oyam district after she was diagnosed with severe pneumonia.
Upon their suspicious death, health workers at Lacor took samples from the deceased and sent them to UVRI for testing.
According to Atek Kagirita, a member of the COVID-19 task, the two deaths in Lacor were not related to COVID-19.
“The deaths were not caused by COVID-19. If they were, we would have already informed the public. We have not yet had ANY COVID-19 related deaths,” Kagirita said.
Kagirita however didnot reveal what the cause of death for the two cases is or why the health ministry delayed to release the results of the deceased. The bodies of the deceased are still being kept at the hospital to await results before burial can take place.
So far, Uganda has confirmed 79 cases, out of which 52 have been discharged from hospital after they recovered. According to the health ministry, the remaining 27 active cases of COVID-19 in Uganda are all in stable condition at designated hospitals.
Elsewhere, as of 28th April 2020, Kenya had reported 374 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Tanzania had 299, confirmed cases and Rwanda had 207 confirmed cases.