Mbale District COVID-19 Surveillance Focal Person, Edward Nyogensa told URN that the deceased presented with COVID-19 symptoms including dry cough, flue and chest pain. He says they have drawn samples from the deceased for testing.
Tension is high in Mbale City following the death of a patient with COVID-19
like symptoms. The patient was
picked up from Mabyale Sub County in Namisindwa district and admitted at Joyce
Hospice Health Centre.
It is alleged the patient fell sick a week ago and was admitted at one of the branches of Joyce
Hospice in Namisindwa district where she was working as a cleaner.Mbale District COVID-19
Surveillance Focal Person, Edward Nyogensa told URN that the deceased presented with COVID-19 symptoms
including dry cough, flue and chest pain. He says they have drawn samples
from the deceased for testing.
“Our medical teams are
now at the clinic where the deceased died from trying to take samples from the
body to ascertain the truth as of now. What I can say that she presented with
the signs but we can’t confirm that she died of COVID-19,” he said.
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Nyongesa says the Mbale District Surveillance Team is now liaising with their
counterparts in Namisindwa to locate the contacts of the deceased.
deceased’s relative only identified himself as Martin said that she
called him on Tuesday complaining of chest pain. She reportedly said
that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia and flu.
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Currently, Joyce Hospice Health Centre is out of
bounds to the public. Even those in the facility including health workers and
patients have been barred from leaving.
Namisindwa is one of the high risk districts because of it shares the border with Kenya, which has registered high Covid19 cases.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.