Wakiso Residents At High Risk Following 7th Covid19 Death
A medical worker who works at Mildmay Uganda Hospital, a Wakiso health facility where the latest patient who succumbed to Covid19 frequently went for HIV/AIDS checkup, monitoring and medication, has warned people in Wakiso to take precaution since the deceased was living a normal life in her community before being diagnosed with Covid19.
“This was our normal patient who always come for treatment. She normally uses taxis. I think this time round she came when Covid had already penetrated in her body. Admitted at our Hospital on Thursday and died on Sunday morning,” the medical worker warned.
The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 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 showed that 16 new COVID-19 cases had been confirmed from samples tested on Saturday, bringing the cumulative confirmed cases in Ugandans to 1,283 by Sunday.
The deceased, a 49-year old Ugandan female, was a resident of Wakiso. The patient, according to a statement from the health ministry also had a history of asthma and Tuberculosis (TB) which are considered as high risk factors for Covid.
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.
“Upon admission, the attending clinicians suspected Covid-19 and informed the Ministry of Health. Sample were taken off and sent to laboratories for analysis and they confirmed SARS-COV2. Unfortunately she passed away this morning at the private facility,” Dr Mwebesa said in a statement.
Meanwhile, of the 16 new cases confirmed from tests carried out on Saturday, 10 are alerts, 2 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.
The number of recoveries according to the health ministry now stands at 1,115.