By Diana Kibuuka
After discharging three patients who recovered from Covid19 on Saturday, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng the minister for health revealed that 15 more patients have also recovered from the pandemic and are expected to be discharged soon. The 15 other recovered patients are from bothe Mulago and Entebbe hospitals from where they’ve been undergoing vigorous medical treatment.
According to minister Aceng, the 15 recovered patients shall be discharged after preparing and sensitising their respective communities on how to receive and and welcome them.The minister however, did not reveal identities nor communities from where all the recovered patients hail. She noted that, this would be against their rights, in case their identities were revealed without consent.
According to Dr. Henry Mwebesa the director general health services in the health ministry, respective communities of all Covid19 patients have to be sensitised on how to receive and handle all those who have recovered from the viral infection. “Even when they recover, we take them through Physio-psyco counseling and keep monitoring them for 14days while they’re in respective communities,” noted Dr. Mwebesa.
While handing over clearance certificates of the three recovered patients, the Prime minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda implored local leaders and Resident District Commissioners (RDCs), to make all possible efforts in assisting the ministry of health, to have all the recovered people well integrated back to respective communities.
The Prime minister assured that, the so far released three patients have been subscribed to several tests before being discharged. “We therefore appeal to respective communities to warmly welcome and re-introduce them back to the community,” appealed Rugunda.
The Entebbe medical superintendent Dr. Moses Muwanga confided that all the three discharged patients were intercepted at Entebbe airport before mixing with the general population. “Apart from only two patients, all those who are undergoing treatment at Entebbe hospital, are below 40years with a strong body immune system. We strongly hope they’ll be able to recover,” expressed Dr. Muwanga. He further revealed that only 6 doctors at Entebbe hospital remained on duty, out of 20 doctors. “We have a total of 65 personnel who are still committed to fighting the Covid19 pandemic here at Entebbe hospital,” Muwanga said.
Only 20 of the Covid19 patients are at Mulago National Specialised Hospital, while 31 until Saturday, were at Entebbe general referral Hospital and only 1patient is at Adjumani hospital and another 1 at Hoima hospital. A cumulative of 3,862 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in Uganda where only 53 have since tested positive. Another statement issued by the ministry of health on Saturday night, indicated that all the 555 samples tested that day, were Negative for Covid-19. “The number of discharged patients is now 4 including the index case,” read in part, the message from the ministry of health.