Uganda has continued to hold ground in the war against Coronavirus with 45 people recovering from the illness.
Three patients were discharged from Mulago Referral Hospital and four others at Entebbe Hospital, bringing to seven the total number of cases asked to return home after successful treatment.
“Excited to hear of the COVID-19 recoveries and subsequent discharges,” said Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng on Wednesday.
“Today we discharged a total of 7 patients; Mulago Hospital (3) Entebbe Grade B (4).
Total recoveries are now 45 in Uganda.
Glory to God,” she observed.
Uganda has since registered 61 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 with no deaths.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) require that every case is counted and treated in a country where it was tested and confirmed.
Against this background Uganda is required to add the five positive foreign truck drivers to its statistics (1 Tanzanian and 4 Kenyans).
According to Director General Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, this includes the two cases who had earlier gone back to their respective home countries (Kenya and Tanzania).
This means out of 61 patients, five were repatriated back home – hence the 56 confirmed local cases in Uganda.
Out of 56 COVID-19 cases, 45 have been discharged, leaving only 11 patients in Ugandan hospitals.
At this rate, it’s expected that by end of this week, all patients will be successfully treated for COVID-19.
However, Uganda needs to address the issue of truck drivers from neighboring countries who continue to test positive for Coronavirus in the country.
Speaking about today’s recoveries, Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine observed, “Isn’t this great news! Shouldn’t we appreciate our health workforce as we give praise to God!?”
Ugandan patients are being treated with hydroxychloroquine and erythromycin.