Covid-19: Three expectant Jinja mothers, truck driver discharged after recovering

Thursday July 23 2020
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Left to Right: The truck driver and three expectant mothers who previously tested positive for Covid-19 being discharged at Jinja regional referral hospital isolation centre on July 22, 2020. PHOTO/DENIS EDEMA

Three expectant mothers and a truck driver who had earlier tested positive for Covid-19, have been discharged from Jinja Regional Referral Hospital after recovering.
Hospital staff said the four who had been quarantined at an isolation centre over the past two weeks tested negative twice after treatment.

The expectant mothers and the male truck driver plying the Mombasa-Kampala route were discharged on Wednesday after treatment and recovery.
The director Jinja regional referral hospital, Dr Florence Tugumisirize, while sending off the quartet, said: "All were brought to the facility from the Malaba border point and this is the last group of patients in the isolation centre that we are seeing off."

She added that the expectant mothers were handed their antenatal certificates and Mama Kits as recommended by the Ministry of Health.
The patients, however, were restricted from exposing their identities and only allowed to share experiences and how they ended up contracting the pandemic.
Dr Tugumisirize cautioned them to continue observing social distancing, waering face masks and regularly washing their hands, among other preventive measures. She said that since the outbreak of Covid-19, the health facility has received and treated 77 patients, with no fatality.

Uganda’s confirmed cases stand at 1,075 with 958 recoveries, according to the July 22 update by the Ministry of Health.

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Kenyan national dies in Mbale after presenting Covid-19 related symptoms

Wednesday July 22 2020

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The Ministry of Health officials are investigating the death of a 34-year-old Kenyan woman who had been admitted with Covid-19 related symptoms at a clinic in Mbale District in eastern Uganda.
“At the time of her first admission she presented with Covid-19 related symptoms that included fever, headache and difficulty in breathing,” said the ministry’s spokesperson, Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona.

He said samples had already been obtained from the body and are currently being tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe.
The ministry has also dispatched a team of experts to conduct further investigations.
“The Ministry will be informing the country on the outcome of the laboratory testing and experts' investigative result, accordingly,” Mr Ainebyoona said.
By the time of filing this report, her body was still at Mbale hospital mortuary pending results from the tests.

Some reports also suggested that the clinic where she died from had been closed.
Since the declaration of Covid-19 in March, Uganda has not registered any covid-19 death. Currently Uganda’s cases stand at 1,075 with 958 recoveries.

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