By Frank Kamuntu
The Ministry of Health has announced that Uganda on Sunday recorded 7 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, all of them Ugandan Frontline Health Workers.
The revelation was made by the Ministry through a press release issued on Sunday evening, which indicated that the new confirmed cases include: three nurses, two doctors and two senior level staff, who are all isolated at Entebbe Grade B and Mulago National Specialised Hospitals.
“The Ministry of Health would like to update the general public that seven (7) frontline health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Uganda.
The confirmed cases include: 3 nurses, 2 doctors and 2 senior level staff.
They have all been admitted to Entebbe Grade B and Mulago National Specialized Hospital and are in stable condition,” the statement reads in part.
The ministry revealed that a team of experts specialized in Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC), Case Management and Psychosocial management are currently in the various places where health workers tested positive, so as to evaluate the response and investigate what could have led to the unfortunate infection of the health workers.
The statement also added that the Ministry of Health routinely tests health workers based on the high chances of exposure to COVID-19.
“The Ministry of Health will provide a detailed address in the course of the week to update the nation on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country…” the statement concludes.
However, this raises the total COVID-19 cases to 417 and 287 COVID-19 patients are admitted in 15 Referral Hospitals in the country.
This also comes as the nation is preparing for the 15th Presidential National Address on COVID-19 scheduled to take place today, Monday 1st June, during which President Yoweri Museveni will shed more light on the lockdown he announced in March this year, following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.