Uganda records first Covid-19 fatality

The ministry has lifted the lid on the death of a 34 year old woman and resident of Namasindwa District that occurred yesterday, that was initially suspected to have been a death due to covid related signs and symptoms.

Dr Henry Mwebesa has revealed in a presser that the victim presented with Corona Virus related signs and symptoms: fever,dry cough,headache and difficulty in breathing.

The deceased was initially admitted to Wasungui HC II on Wednesday, 15th July, 2020 and treated for severe pneumonia. However, on Monday, 20th July, 2020, she was transferred to Joy Hospice health facility, in Mbale District, where she was isolated in the female ward.

While in isolation, the patient’s condition deteriorated with difficulty in breathing, cough, chills and headache. Unfortunately, she passed on on Tuesday 21st July, 2020 at 2:00am. May her soul rest in eternal peace. She was buried on 23rd July 2020 as per Safe Dignified Burial procedures.

The postmortem samples from the deceased were confirmed positive for SARS-COV-2 by 4 laboratories: UVRI, CPHL, Tororo and Makerere. In addition, findings at postmortem showed features of acute pneumonia; findings that are consistent with COVID-19 infection.

To date, Uganda has registered 1,079 cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans and a total of 971 Ugandan recoveries and only 1 fatality.

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