The number of COVID-19 deaths in Uganda is now five after the death of another person on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health.
The deceased is a 46-year old female of Indian origin and a resident of Kibuli in Kampala.
According to the Ministry, the deceased on Saturday August 1, reported at Kibuli Muslim Hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 which include mild fever, cough and difficulty in breathing and upon suspecting COVID-19, she was on the same day referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further management but died on her way to Mulago.
“Further investigation revealed that she was diabetic and off medication and had a history of asthma for 10 years. Both diabetes and asthma are risk factors for COVID-19. Samples were taken off from her body and sent to laboratories for analysis,” explains Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health.
“The samples were analysed at different laboratories; Makerere University, Uganda Virus Research Institute and Central Public Health Laboratories confirmed SARS-COV-2. The process of contact tracing and listing us on going,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the Ministry has confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases from Samples tested on Saturday August 2 out of which four are truck drivers, 5 are contacts of the previously confirmed cases, 2 are returnees and 2 are alerts.
The development comes just a day when the ICT Minister, Judith Nabakooba says that government will soon start enforcing mandatory wearing of face masks as one of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Nabakooba said government has so far distributed 8 million free face masks across the country and that the Ministry of Health on Saturday started distribution of masks in the Kampala Metropolitan area.