Uganda registers seventh COVID-19 death

By :
Baluku Geoffrey

Uganda has registered another covid-19 death, bringing the total number of fatalities to seven.

In statement on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said the deceased is a 49-year-old Ugandan female, resident of Wakiso who was an HIV positive patient on treatment. She also had a history of asthma and Tuberculosis (TB), which are risk factors for covid-19.

“On 6th August, 2020, she presented at a private health facility in Wakiso with signs and symptoms consistent with covid-19 which include high fever, difficulty in breathing, chest pains, abdominal pain,” said Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services at the Ministry of Health.

“Upon admission, the attending clinicians suspected covid-19 and informed Ministry of Health,” he added.

According to Dr. Mwebesa, samples were taken off and sent to laboratories for analysis.

“Results from the analysis confirmed SARS-COV-2,” he said, adding that, “unfortunately, she passed away today morning at a private facility.”

Africa Tembelea understands that contact tracing and listing process has begun and so far 35 contacts have been listed.

In the same vein, 16 new covid-19 cases were confirmed from samples tested on 8th August, 2020. Out of the new confirmed cases, 10 are alerts, 2 are contacts to previously confirmed cases while four are truck drivers.

“Regarding the alerts, five are from Kampala Metropolitan Area, one is from Bugiri, one is from Bukwo, one is from Nakaseke while two are from Wakiso of which one mentioned above, succumbed to the disease,” the ministry said in a statement.

Relatedly, 15 foreign truck drivers (12 Kenyans, and 3 Tanzanians) who tested positive for COVID-19 at border points, were denied entry into the country.

To date, Uganda’s total accumulative case load stands at 1,283. Out of this number, 1,115 have since been discharged after they recovered from the respiratory disease.

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