Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital on Monday, June 1, 2020, discharged its first Covid-19 patient.
The patient is a truck driver who had been diagnosed with the disease at Mirama Hills, on the Uganda-Kenya border, on May 17.
While discharging the patient, the lead physician at the hospital, Dr. Rose Muhindo, said for the last two weeks, the patient has been cooperative.
‘’On May 17th we received our first patient with mixed feelings because it is a new disease nobody really knew and there was a lot of anxiety but we want to thank God that to date our patient has had two PR tests of Covid-19 meaning that he is fit to go,’’ Dr. Muhindo said.
The hospital director, Dr. Celestine Barigye, asked Ugandans to stop stigmatizing the truck drivers and the medics who are treating Covid-19 victims.
Dr. Barigye said the truck drivers are also essential service providers like health workers and the army who need not be blamed for the pandemic.
‘’All of us here, we are potential patients of corona. We are treating the patients and we can get it so you people out there shouldn’t blame the truckers because of Corona, do not blame the soldiers if they get infected with corona and do not blame the health workers as well because I know some of you do not want to get to us,’’ he said.
Currently, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital is treating 11 Covid-19 patients after discharging one truck driver.