With the surging cases of Covid-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health resolved to have asymptomatic patients receive home based care from their respective homes.
However, the ministry has noted that positive asymptomatic patients who have been allowed to undergo home based care are not adhering to the set guidelines with many still going to work, using public transport among other inappropriate practices.
In a press release issued Dr Henry G Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services, these patients, who are supposed to be home-bound, have been found mixing with other community members.
He explained that asymptomatic patients are laboratory confirmed cases infected with covid-19 but do not develop symptoms.
These, he emphasized, even with no symptoms, they still spread the virus.
“The Ministry of Health directs all COVID-19 cases to isolate themselves at home or be admitted at designated auxiliary centres. This means that they should not mix with their family members, colleagues or friends for a period of 14 days. The asymptomatic cases should strictly follow guidelines for home-based care which have been widely disseminated and also available on the ministry of health website,” he said.
He urged them to continue following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
“Asymptomatic patients are advised to take medications as advised by their health workers, wash their hands regularly with soap and clean water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer, wear masks and stay at home,” Dr. Mwebesa stated.