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 Media and a two time winner of the Media Challenge Awards (The best feature story writer- 2018 and the best Climate Change Photography Award- 2019). He has a bachelors degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University. He is also an alumni for; British Council Future News Worldwide Fellowship- 2020, Climate Tracker Energy Reporting Fellowship- 2020, InfoNile- Code for Africa Data Journalism Fellowship- 2020, the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2019 and British Council East Africa and Africa Writers Trust Master Class in Creative Writing- 2019. Omuya has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism, broadcast media and youth participatory radio, content development, and public relations. He is very much interested in sustainable development communication.

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