‘A good progress’: Gulu set to discharge 22 more Covid-19 cured patients


Primary Health Care Minister Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu. Courtesy/File photo

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Gulu—12, June 2020:  Gulu Regional Referral Hospital will discharge another 22 patients who have been cured after contracting coronavirus.

This is the second highest discharge after the same hospital discharged 34 recovered patients on Thursday [this week].

This will also be the highest number of patients to be discharged in Uganda in a single day since the pandemic hit the country in March 2020.

Dr Apiyo Paska—deputy director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital who’s also a physician in charge of isolation case management unit at the hospital, said they expected the final results for these patients to be back between yesterday [Thursday] night and today after they all tested negative in the first test.

A Covid-19 patient must undergo mandatory tests twice before he or she can be declared recovered from the pandemic.

The hospital has so far discharged 43 patients leaving 40 other patients with active cases in the isolation wards at the hospital, Willy Chowoo, Gulu based Senior Journalist, reports.

Dr Apiyo attributed this success to the ability to test and treat other illnesses like malaria, diabetes, Hypertension and HIV/Aids while managing the Covid-19.

Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu who’s the State Minister for Primary Health Care [PHC] who presided over the function described this as “a good progress and achievement for this country”.

The PHC Minister, however, expressed her disappointment on failure by people to follow the guidelines and directives in fighting Covid-19.

As of Thursday, Uganda’s total Covid-19 cases stood at 679, according to the Ministry of Health.

Read more: Amuru, Dokolo and Moyo contacts test positive for Covid-19

Sadly, while delivering his Annual Budget Speech to parliament yesterday from State House, President Museveni announced that some of Uganda’s confirmed virus cases are fake. The Ministry of Health is yet to speak on this ‘blunder’.

“To date, Uganda has registered a total of 120 Covid-19 recoveries and no Covid-19 related death,” Dr Mwebesa says, yesterday.

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