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Min. Of Health Confirms First COVID-19 Death In Uganda After Medic Dies Of Deadly Virus

By Elite News Reporter

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the first Coronavirus death in Uganda, after samples from the corpse of a paramedic who died in Mbale District on Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19.

According to sources, the deceased, was rushed to Joyce Hospice Health Centre in Mbale city after being picked up from Mabyale Sub-county.

After she breathed her last, medical experts quickly rushed her to Mbale Regional Hospital where preliminary tests conducted by the Ministry of Health have since confirmed that she died of COVID-19.

Speaking about the matter, Dr Diana Atwine, said that the deceased was a Village Health Team (VHT) worker, who had been traversing several villages with other Health Teams in Eastern Uganda.     

“The deceased was a Kenyan woman married to a Ugandan man and prior to her death she showed all signs of COVID-19. The results from tests conducted so far indicate that she had signs and symptoms of COVID-19. But we are waiting for the final results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute to fully confirm,” Dr Atwine said.

She “After getting the final results we shall inform the public. However, we are looking for all her contacts and other people she was with right from Namisindwa such that we can quarantine them.”

It should be noted that Uganda currently has 1,075 Cumulative cases and 958 Recoveries after registering the first death since the pandemic broke out in March this year.

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