The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed another death of one COVID-19 patient, bringing the number of people who have succumbed to the disease in Uganda to seven.
A statement by the ministry says that 16 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed from samples tested on Saturday, bringing the cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to 1,283.
The deceased, a 49-year old Ugandan female, was an HIV positive patient on treatment and a resident of Wakiso. The patient, according to a statement from the health ministry also had a history of asthma and Tuberculosis which are considered as high risk factors for Covid-19
According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services, the deceased, on August 6 presented at a private health facility in Wakiso with signs and symptoms consistent with the virus which include high fever, difficulty in breathing, chest and abdominal pain.
Early this week, The US Embassy in Uganda In a statement warned Americans living and working in Uganda to take extra precaution because according to them, despite its early success, Uganda is now into a critical phase of the coronavirus pandemic
‘ ‘We have seen a handful of deaths in a very short time without seeing the increase in diagnosis of asymptomatic or symptomatic cases at the same time. What that means is that for each death you see on the news, there may be hundreds of infected persons linked to them who were never detected.’’ The statement reads I part.
‘ ‘Please let me repeat. Kampala has a lot more cases of COVID-19 than are currently known. They won’t show up on the daily press releases because there are not enough test kits to do widespread community testing (although there are intense efforts underway to bridge that gap).In this phase of the outbreak, we find out about clusters of patients when one gets sick enough to show up at a clinic, and that clinic knows to report that they have a possible case.’’
‘ ‘For each sick patient who shows up at a clinic, there are many more who may not get very sick, but who can still spread the virus to others. In the phase we are now in, we will continue to have a lot of cases out there that we just don’t know about. And it is not only Kampala. We’ve had “hotspots” of community transmission for several weeks now in other areas of the country, and will expect to see more’’
Meanwhile, the ministry said of the 16 new cases confirmed from tests carried out on Saturday, 10 are alerts, two are contacts to previously confirmed cases while four are from truck drivers who arrived from Kenya, three via the Malaba border point and one from the Busia point of entry.