Dr Richard Idro, the President of the association says that they are worried communities may fail to welcome the returnees as they are expected having completed their 14 days hospitalization and the confirmatory tests that followed.
Uganda Medical Association urges the community not to stigmatize
covid-19 patients who will be discharged from the treatment centres.
Dr Richard Idro, the President of the association says that they are worried communities may fail to welcome the
returnees after completing their 14 days hospitalization and
the confirmatory tests that follow.
“We fear the stigma of those soon to be discharged will suffer. We
appeal to the public not to stigmatize or shun them but welcome them home.
Please make them feel welcome”, he said.
According to the Ministry of Health, the country’s first case is
stable but undergoing final tests and that starting either this week or early
next week hospitals may begin to discharge those that tests indicate have
Hospitals that are currently treating the 52 positive patients
include Mulago Specialized National Referral Hospital where Uganda’s youngest
case of the 8 months baby from Iganga is being followed up and is said to be
Others include Entebbe Grade B, Masaka, Hoima and Adjumani
Standard COVID -19 treatment procedures according to Idro
stipulate that people who test positive for COVID-19 are first hospitalized for
14 days. After the symptoms have resolved, at least two tests are taken 48
hours apart and if these tests are negative, the patient is considered cured
and can be discharged back into the community.
Dr Misaki Wayengera, a virologist and member of the COVID -19
National Task Force says that there is a criterion they have set up to release
patients requiring them to be in quarantine again because studies indicate such
patients even when cured continue to shed the virus for up to three weeks.
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The discharged patients he said will first be kept at a hotel they
are yet to identify.