KAMPALA – The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda rose to five, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Monday.
The deceased, a 46-year-old female Ugandan of Indian origin and resident of Kibuli a city suburb was first admitted at Kibuli Muslim hospital with symptoms related to the viral respiratory disease before being referred to Mulago Specialized National referral hospital for further management.
“Unfortunately, she passed away on her way to Mulago hospital,” said Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director Health Services at the ministry of health.
According to Dr. Mwebesa, samples from the deceased were analyzed at three different laboratories including Makerere University, Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI and Central Public Health Laboratories which turned out positive for Covid19.
He also revealed that the deceased had been battling asthma and diabetics, both risk factors for COVID-19.
Uganda was one of the few countries on the continent which had not yet recorded a death from COVID-19 by mid-July, according to the Africa CDC. However, on July 23, Uganda’s confirmed the country’s first COVID-19-related death with the second person passing person on July 24th. Five days later (July 29) a third covid death was confirmed, followed by fourth on July 31.
Relatedly, the ministry has also reported thirteen new COVID-19 cases from 2485 samples that were tested on Sunday. Of the new cases, two are returnees from abroad who have been under quarantine, five contacts to previous confirmed cases, two from alerts in the community and four Ugandan truck drivers.
In addition to the thirteen new cases, 18 foreign truck drivers (11 Kenyans, 5 Tanzanians and 2 Congolese), tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into the country.
Cumulatively, Uganda has so far registered 1,195 COVID-19 cases, of whom 1,070 have since been discharged from various treatment centers across the country after they recovered from the respiratory disease.