Uganda confirms first Covid-19 death as case load rises to 1,079

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Director General Health Services Dr Henry Mwebesa confirms first Covid-19 death during a presser
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AT Reporter

KAMPALA – Uganda has registered its first COVID-19 death four months after the epidemic broke out in the country.

The deceased, a 34-year-old Ugandan support staff working in Namisindwa District died at Joy Hospice Center in Mbale City on Tuesday, July 21.

According to Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the director general health services, the patient first presented Covid-like signs and symptoms including fever, dry cough, headache and difficulty in breathing.

She was initially admitted and treated for severe pneumonia at Wasungui HC II on Wednesday, July 15, 2020). However, on Monday, July 20, 2020, she was transferred to Joy Hospice health facility, in Mbale District, where she was isolated in the female ward.

Earlier reports had indicated that the deceased was not a Ugandan, however, after investigations, it was established that she was a Ugandan from Manafwa district.

“In our earlier report we had indicated that the deceased was not a Ugandan. Further investigations have since established that she was a Ugandan from Manafwa, Bubulo East, Namabya- Namunyali- Sisongofwa,” said Dr Mwebesa.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that the postmortem samples from the deceased were confirmed positive for SARS-COV-2 by four laboratories: UVRI, CPHL, Tororo and Makerere.

“In addition, findings at postmortem showed features of acute pneumonia, findings that are consistent with COVID-19 infection,” Dr. Mwebesa added.

This prompted the Mbale District COVID-19 taskforce to cordon off Joy Hospice Center and quarantine 16 health workers and more than 30 other people who are believed to have had contact with the deceased.

The contacts will be monitored daily for fourteen (14) days as per our protocol by district surveillance teams supported by Ministry of Health experts who will be deployed in the district.

To date, Uganda has registered 1,079 cumulative confirmed Covid-19 cases and a total of 971 recoveries.

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