The Ministry of Health Spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyona says that another two patients were discharged on Saturday, which now brings the total number of recoveries to 28, within a space of one week. The first group of recovered COVID-19 patients, including the index case, was discharged last Saturday from Entebbe hospital.
The observation follows a debate among members of the Acholi community, supporting action by their leaders who, on Wednesday night, objected to the admission of a positive COVID-19 case at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.
Several bars in Soroti, the major town in the region and trading centres in other rural communities have been decongested after the authorities discontinued drinking in groups. Ajon, also known as Malwa, is used to celebrate social, cultural and traditional functions in Teso.
Rwotlonyo added that the choir of 22 from Canada has also been discharged after they all emerged negative for COVID-19 upon completion of several tests. He, however, asked the Church to keep praying for those on treatment until they attain complete recovery.
The individuals had spent 14 days in quarantine at the Survey and Land Management Institute, with no symptoms of coronavirus disease. Their samples were drawn on Thursday, April 9, as one of the procedures before their release. A day later, they were all released, albeit, without the results.
Harriet Kemigisa from Kichuhu Sub County said that she has three children who cannot easily access the market to buy food due to long distances. She is fully aware of the implications of skipping her treatment, but she couldn't continue with treatment on an empty stomach.
This comes amid concerns that while health workers around the world put their lives on the line to save others in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the hospitals, have become a hotspot for disease transmission, and as a result, many have tested positive and others lost their lives across the world.
One of the measures that have affected the ground handling company is the temporary suspension of incoming and outgoing passenger flights and the partial shutdown of Entebbe International Airport. Before the shutdown on March 25, Entebbe airport used to handle about 150,000 passengers a month and 89 incoming and outgoing passenger flights a day.
Peter Twinamatsiko says that task forces in other districts are giving them food but in Kiruhura they are yet to receive food. He wants the government to give special consideration for the people whose sources of income and livelihoods have been affected by the lockdown.
According to the health experts, the lockdown will only be lifted once it is certain the country's health system can handle treating bigger number of infected persons. They say, the lockdown will be lifted slowly
According to Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, the Executive Director UVRI, they have started sequencing and that they are realizing that in each of the samples tested, the virus resembles that circulating in the country where the specific traveller was coming from.