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COVID19: UCC Backs Ministry of Health in Fighting Fake News

Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has reechoed its warning to Ugandans against using social media to spread fake news concerning Corona Virus situation in the country.

This comes after the Ministry of Health raised concern over misleading and false information that has been making rounds on social media concerning the patients of Corona Virus in Uganda

According to a statement issued yesterday by the ministry of health, none of the 14 Covid19 confirmed patients (at the time of the statement) have died as alleged on social media.

The President of Uganda has however today morning announced that four more cases have been confirmed in Uganda bringing the total to 18 cases.

The statement also addresses issues that were raised concerning the 8months year old baby who has also contracted the virus and the way the Ministry is handling her and the parents.

In a video that has been circulating on social media, the mother of the 8months Covid 19 alleges that the Ministry has abandoned them with no proper meals or medication for the baby.

“Our attention has been drawn to the COVID-19 misinformation making rounds on social media. The Ministry of Health would like to clarify as follows; none of the COVID-19 confirmed cases has died as alleged in several media posts. To date, Uganda has a total of 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and all are in stable condition,” Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Service Stated.

He added, “The eight-month-old baby, her mother and father were transferred from Iganga Hospital to Mulago National Specialized Hospital where they are well attended to, fed well and remain in a stable condition.”

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According to Dr Mwebesa, a testing centre has been established at Ward 2A at Mulago National Specialized Hospital mainly for individuals who arrived from Dubai, UAE in the past two weeks. However, other individuals who did not travel to Dubai in the period mentioned above continue to flock the hospital, causing severe congestion and a lag in service delivery. This is currently being addressed by counselling and vetting of patients who are seeking for COVlD-19 tests.

A total of 574 individuals who travelled from Dubai in the past two weeks have been identified countrywide. Out of these, 129 are in institutional quarantine. Of these, samples were removed from 40 travellers who had COVID-19 like symptoms. Fortunately, all the 40 tested negative for COVID-19.

To date, a total of 2,661 travellers, including Ugandans identified as potential risk have been either under self-quarantine or institutional quarantine. Of these, 1,206 are under follow up; 893 of these are under institutional quarantine while 435 are under self-quarantine. A total of 1,431 high-risk travellers have completed their 14 days of follow up and have been issued with certificates of completion of the mandatory quarantine.

The public is also advised to report any suspected cases to the nearest health facility or call our toll-free lines on 0800-100-066, 0800- 203-033 or 0800-303-033

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