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Health Ministry Explains Mismatch in Covid-19 Case Numbers

The Ministry of Health has come out to explain why Uganda’s COVID-19 confirmed case numbers don’t match the active cases on admission and recoveries.

Currently, Uganda has a total of 870 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 190 active cases on admission, 808 recoveries and no fatalities.

Dr Henry Mwebesa, Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health on Monday explained that Ministry of Health only reports Ugandan nationals who are confirmed cases, yet active cases on admission and recoveries that are reported include foreigners.

“The Ministry is cognizant that there is a higher number of active cases on admission vis – a – vie confirmed cases. This is largely due to the fact that there are a number of non-nationals (truck drivers and Refugees) who are receiving treatment for COVID-19. The foreigners were admitted into care as we prepare for their repatriation and once settled in the health facility they chose to complete their treatment in Uganda as opposed to repatriation to their respective countries,” said Dr Mwebesa.

“It is important to note that the Ministry of Health only reports Ugandan nationals who are confirmed cases. However, active cases on admission and total COVID-19 recoveries that are reported include foreigners.”

The non-nationals he said include Rwandans, Sudanese, South Sudanese, Congolese, Kenyans, Tanzanians and Burundian Refugees.

The health facilities treating foreigners include, Mulago National specialized hospital, Arua, Lira, Gulu, Mbale, Masaka, Mbarara and Kabale Regional Referral Hospitals.

Meanwhile, a total of 11 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Uganda on Monday bringing the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda to 870.

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These were confirmed from 2,330 samples tested for COVID-19 on Sunday.

Of the 11 new COVID-19 cases, 4 are from 1,784 samples tested from points of entry while 7 are from 546 samples of contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases.

Of the 4 cases from points of entry are truck drivers, 3 of whom arrived from Kenya (2 via Malaba and 1 via Busia border points) while 1 arrived from South Sudan via Elegu border point.

Of the 7 cases of contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases, 6 are from Tororo and 1 from Koboko districts.

Additionally, a total of 34 foreign truck drivers (26 Kenyans, 5 Tanzanians, 1 Burundian, 1 Eritrean and 1 Somali) who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed back to their respective countries of origin.

Currently, Uganda has a total of 870 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 190 active cases on admission, 808 recoveries and no fatalities.

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