Conducted by researchers at Oxford University and part of a large Randomized Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapies (RECOVERY) trial that is assessing the efficacy of a wide range of drugs, the researchers assessed the use of the steroid in 2100 people.
Dr Emma Gahima, the in-charge of Bugobero Health Center IV and Manafwa District Nutrition focal person says that the health facility has received an average of 5 cases of malnourished children aged between zero and five and people living with HIV/AIDS, in the weeks after the lockdown restrictions were eased.
The facility had initially earmarked a team of 20 core staff who had previously worked in management of infectious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Ebola, for its COVID-19 response and management. However, six of them were away on study leave, while eight said they were either vulnerable or unwilling to work.
They have been under Quarantine at Nakivale Vocational Institute close to the Refugee Camp in Kabahinda Sub County and were discharged after spending a month in quarantine. They all tested negative to COVID-19.
Rev. Fr. Charles Lwanga Mutabaruka, the Media Relations officer of Mbarara Archdiocese said that most of those cleared are priests who will be led by their Bishops from the Mbarara ecclesiastical province, consisting of Kabale, Mbarara, Hoima, Fort Portal and Kasese Dioceses.
The disease which manifests by severe and relentless itch has hit hard five sub-counties of Kyabigambire, Buseruka, Kitoba, Buraru and Kigorobya affecting both adults and children raising concerns among the residents and health officials.