Tension, Fear In Mbale As COVID-19 Symptomatic Patient Dies Mysteriously

Tension, Fear In Mbale As COVID-19 Symptomatic Patient Dies Mysteriously

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By Frank Kamuntu

Kampala: The Ministry Of Health is investigating the death of a 34 year old female who passed on yesterday, 21st July, 2020 at a clinic in Mbale after presenting COVID-19 related symptoms including; fever, headache and difficulty in breathing.

The ministry says samples have been withdrawn from the body and are currently being tested for COVID-19 at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVR).

“The deceased is a Kenyan national married to a Ugandan. The Ministry will inform the country of the outcome of laboratory tests conducted on the body of the deceased accordingly. May her soul rest in eternal peace” Ministry tweeted.

In the same vein the ministry of health on Wednesday dispatched a team of medical experts to carry out a targeted rapid assessment exercise to determine the extent of community transmission of COVID-19.

The ministry in a statement issued here said the country is at a critical stage and therefore the status and center of community transmission needs to be urgently determined.

“The exercise will involve 18 teams that will collect information and specimens from selected population groups and communities,” the ministry said.

The population groups include communities at border crossing points, road law enforcement officers, health care workers, taxi drivers, factory workers, fishing communities, the elderly, and people in slum areas.

The assessment will cover eight high-risk districts across the country, targeting a sample figure of about 10,000 people.

This is the second time the country is carrying out a rapid assessment survey to determine the extent of the transmission of the virus.

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