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Panic in Mbale as suspected COVID-19 patient dies on Wednesday

Panic in Mbale suspected COVID-19 patient dies on Wednesday

Panic in Mbale suspected COVID-19 patient dies on Wednesday

EDUCATION NEWS UGANDA | The Ministry of Health is investigating the death of a 34 year old female who passed on with COVID-19 symptoms on Tuesday at a clinic in Mbale.

It is alleged the patient fell sick a week ago and was admitted at one of the branches of Joyce Hospice in Namisindwa district where she was working as a cleaner.

Mbale District COVID-19 Surveillance Focal Person, Edward Nyogensa told URN that the deceased presented with COVID-19 symptoms including dry cough, flue and chest pain.

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He says they have drawn samples from the deceased for testing.

Samples have been withdrawn from the body and are currently being tested for COVID-19 at Uganda Virus Research Institute.

“Our medical teams are now at the clinic where the deceased died from trying to take samples from the body to ascertain the truth as of now. What I can say that she presented with the signs but we can’t confirm that she died of COVID-19,” he said.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona also said the Ministry has dispatched a team of experts to conduct further investigations.

“The Ministry will inform the country of the outcome of laboratory tests conducted on the body of the deceased accordingly. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” he said.

The deceased’s relative only identified himself as Martin told reporters that she called him on Tuesday complaining of chest pain.

She reportedly said that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia and flu.

Education News Uganda has independently learnt that the   deceased is a Kenyan national married to a Ugandan.

Currently, Joyce Hospice Health Centre is out of bounds to the public. Even those in the facility including health workers and patients have been barred from leaving.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that one Member of Parliament tested positive for COVID-19. Although the Ministry made no mention of the name, its officials told the Government Assurances Committee of Parliament this morning that the MP is already undergoing treatment and steadily recovering.

More than 300 legislators and staff of Parliament were tested last week in a drive held at Parliament. But today, the committee members were anxious to know if any of them posted positive results.
Bujenje County MP Patrick Kasumba asked the team to explain why their results were delayed and if they already know the status of those who were tested. State Minister for Primary Healthcare Joyce Moriku Kaducu said that the MPs don’t need to worry as the said case is receiving treatment and was actually getting better.

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