Uganda: Latest E. African Country To Register Coronavirus Case


The confirmed case presented with high fever and poor appetite, though he is not coughing, neither does he have flue

Health officials screening for COVID-19 at Entebbe International Airport

Uganda is the latest African State to register a case for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, making it a seal of the virus in all the East African countries.

According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the confirmed case is a 36-year old Ugandan male, who arrived into the country from Dubai on Saturday 21st March, 2020, at 2:00 am aboard Ethiopian airlines.

The report read to the Nation by the Minister at 12:00 am (Sunday 22nd March, 2020) indicated that, during the screening process at the airport, the victim’s temperature was at 38.7⁰C.

This prompted the health teams at the airport to isolate him for further follow-up. Subsequent temperatures that were taken at intervals of 30 minutes for one hour were constant.

The Minister said that the victim was evacuated to Entebbe Grade B for further follow-up, further tests.

The confirmed case presented with high fever and poor appetite, though he is not coughing, neither does he have flue; however, persistent temperatures prompted the health workers to isolate him.

Uganda’s Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng

Results from the Uganda Viral Institute showed that test samples were positive of COVID-19.

The confirmed case had travelled to Dubai on the 17th March, 2020 [4 days ago] for business purposes and at the time of his travel, he was in good health.

The confirmed case is a resident of Kibuli, Kakungulu zone, in Kampala.

Currently, he is under isolation at Entebbe Grade B and remains in a stable condition, but still running a fever and eyes turned red.

The Minister re-assured the Country that all measures were taken to identify this case at the airport and isolate him in a timely manner.

To date, Uganda has a total of 1,827 travelers including Ugandans and others travelling back home under self-isolation and institutional quarantine.

Out of those, 827 who are under self-quarantine are about to complete the 14 days of isolation while 1,000 are still under institutional quarantine.

Uganda has now sealed up all East African countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus. The disease has spread to approximately 150 countries including China prompting WHO to declare the disease as a global pandemic.

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 6,500 worldwide, according to an estimate from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources.

At least 174,085 cases have been confirmed globally with 77,866 recovered cases according to worldometer statistics.

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Noah Omuya

Noah Omuya is the founder and CEO of Aica Communications LTD, a Company that currently runs an online news publication (www.aica.co.ug) with a plan of beginning to print Magazines and a newspaper in Ateso language in 2020. He is a Media challenge Fellow- class of 2019 and he has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism from the Media challenge fellowship and Kampala International University, where he pursued his Bachelors of Mass Communication. At the age of 18, Omuya was a train-on-job employee with Joshua 93.5 FM where he acquired a three years’ demonstrable experience in broadcast media, content development, public relations and, marketing and promotions strategies for private businesses, public entities and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging with traditional media. He scooped a Media Challenge award for the best feature essay writer of the year 2018. He was also first runner up for the refugee broadcast story of the year, and second runner up for radio feature story teller. The Media Challenge Award qualified him to be part of the Media Challenge Fellowship, where he has got intensive training in solutions journalism, political reporting, investigative reporting, youth participatory radio, multimedia journalism, and data journalism. At the fellowship, he has been trained by international celebrated journalists from BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP, NBS Tv, UBC Tv, NTV, New Vision, Daily Monitor among other recognized institutes. He also has hands-on experience in research, in different private organizations in Uganda; experience in media relations with regular assignments in field reporting, marketing and public relations.

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