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Close to 500 patients recover from Covid19

By Harriet Asingura

While discharging 44 patients who had recovered from Covid19 at Entebbe hospital, Dr. Diana Atwine the permanent secretary for Ministry of Health (MoH) noted that 486 people have so far recovered from the deadly pandemic in Uganda whereas 335 cases are still active.

Dr. Moses Muwanga (left) the Entebbe Hospital medical superintendent receiving certificates of recovered patients from Dr. Diana Atwine the permanent secretary for Ministry of health

Dr. Atwine however, decried what she termed as negative propaganda from a section of the public who say, the ministry fakes results in order to get more funding. “Such propaganda demoralises our front-line staff who risk their lives to save others,” noted Atwine. The 44 recovered patients who were discharged on Thursday, bring to a total of 91 people who were discharged from Entebbe hospital this week, most of whom are truck-drivers who were picked from different border points.

Meanwhile, Dr. Moses Muwanga the Entebbe hospital superintendent urged the permanent secretary to have the medics’ allowances cleared. “Some of these medics should be absorbed into the MoH system because we can not manage to retain them on a contract basis under which they’re currently working,” the hospital boss added.

Dr. Muwanga also noted that ever since the hospital was closed to general medical cases, they (hospital administrators) have been supporting nearby health centres with medicines and health workers, to help in treating the general public.

Part of the medical team at Entebbe hospital which has seen hundreds of patients recover from Covid19

In response, Dr. Diana Atwine said, she was not aware that medics handling Covid19 cases had not received their past two-months allowances. “The money was paid last week but the current system takes nearly a week before having the money reflected on personal bank accounts,” explained Dr. Atwine, commending medics for their zealous work and patience.

Dr. Christopher Nsereko the team-leader of all medics handling Covid19 at Entebbe hospital, assured that medics and support staff are subscribed to mandatory routine check-ups every week to confirm none has contracted the disease. “Even if one of us exhibits symptoms similar to those of Covid19, we test them to confirm they haven’t contracted the deadly disease,” remarked Nsereko.

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