INVESTIGATION: How lack of oxygen, poor health sector is killing COVID-19 patients in Uganda

The new Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital. PHOTO | RACHEL MABALA

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  • Behind the scenes, however, the pandemic was exposing tumours in the country’s health sector. Many of these had grown malignant over time. A 2015 report by Uganda’s Gender, Labour and Social Affairs ministry, together with UN Children’s Fund, had listed the country among the top 10 countries for high maternal, new-born and child mortality.

At 2.46pm on August 7, the Ministry of Health tweeted its daily update on the coronavirus situation in the country. Thirty-one more people had tested positive for coronavirus the previous day, to bring the cumulative total to 1,254. There was also one new death, the statement noted, raising the total number of fatalities to six.


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