Uganda: Seven frontline health workers test positive for Covid-19

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng with other health staff recently. A WHO Africa Region/File photo.

Kampala—31, May 2020: By Saturday, Uganda’s total Covid-19 confirmed cases stood at 413 out of 1,835 total samples tested. Out of these, 84 tested positive for the virus.

According to the Ministry of Health’s Sunday press release sub-titled: “Seven Frontline Health Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 in Uganda,”— “three of the health workers were confirmed among the samples tested yesterday 30 May 2020. Four others were confirmed today [Sunday] making the total COVID-19 case count 417.”

“The Ministry of Health would like to update the general public that seven [7] frontline health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Uganda. The confirmed cases include: 3 nurses, 2 doctors and 2 senior level staff. They have all are admitted to Entebbe Grade B and Mulago National Specialised Hospitals and in stable condition.”

The Ministry added that a team of experts specialized in infection prevention and control [IPC], case management and psychosocial management are currently in various places where health workers tested positive to evaluate the response and investigate what could have led to the unfortunate infection of the health workers.

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“The Ministry of Health routinely test health workers based on the high chances of exposure to COVID-19,” the statement further reads.

In the course of the week, the Ministry pledged to provide a detailed update to the nation on the status of the virus outbreak in the country.

To date, there are 287 admitted COVID-19 cases in 15 Referral Hospitals in the country, and all are in stable condition.

Uganda’s recoveries stand at 72 with no death – according to the Ministry of Health.

Fighting Covid-19 in Uganda

Less than a month after launching #TONSEMBERERA, loosely translated as “Keep Your Distance” campaign, the Ministry of Health has introduced another campaign to protect Covid-19 patients.

Briefly, Tonsemberera, still ongoing demands every Ugandan to keep a four meter distance whenever in a public place to control mass virus spread and infections.

“DON’T DISCRIMINATE COVID-19 SURVIVORS, THEY ARE NOT A HEALTH RISK” is an additional campaign seeking to educate Ugandans to treat virus survivors as part of “us” without subjecting them to stigma.

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