Ministry of Health has clarified on an incident in downtown Kampala where a coronavirus suspect who was tested and left in the building.
A statement released by the Ministry on Saturday morning said their surveillance dispatched to the heavily crowded area at Royal Complex yesterday to check on the woman who had remained in the room for a week.
The building is owned by businessman Sudhir Ruparelia.
“The Ministry of Health surveillance teams yesterday, Friday 13th March 2020 received an alert from Royal Complex of a lady suspected to have COVID-19 infection. The alert was raised by workers at the premise who indicated that the lady had remained locked in her room for about one week without coming out,” said part of the statement.
The two huge white vehicles seen on the scene yesterday belong to the Infectious Diseases Institute.
“Contrary to the various social media posts that have been circulating, the Ministry of Health would like to clarify that our teams used a vehicle and ambulance belonging to Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) to approach the said premises,” added the statement.
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“Upon reaching the said room, a lady occupant revealed that she was undergoing self-quarantine as any other person who has just returned from the flagged high risk countries with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the statement.
The lady tested negative but was told to complete the required 14 days.
“The team’s assessment found out this lady had no signs and symptoms but recommended she completes her period of self-quarantine. They will continue monitoring her until when she gets a certificate of completing Self-quarantine.”
The Infectious Diseases Institute has since reiterated that it didn’t evacuate any suspected patient from downtown, Kampala and the Ministry of Health has also declared that the country has no any case of COVID-19.
Coronavirus has by Friday evening spread to 19 African countries including Kenya, DRC, Sudan and Ethiopia.