By Mable Nakibuuka
The number of Coronavirus deaths in Uganda has risen to 64 out of the 6,712 cases. The new COVID-19 death is a male who was a resident of Kampala, according to the Ministry.
Information from the Ministry of Health indicates that results of COVID-19 tests done on 21 September, 2020 confirmed 244 new cases, raising the cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to 6,712, with 2,778 total recoveries:
The new cases of infection include;
Kisoro (3), Kumi (3), Mitooma (3), Nabilatuk (2), Bulambuli (2), Butaleja (2), Soroti (2), Wakiso (2), Abim (1), Buikwe (1), Bunyangabu (1), Kabarole (1), Kapchorwa (1), Kotido (1), Isingiro (1), Mbarara (1), Moyo (1), Ngora (1), Sironko (1), Tororo (1) and Zombo (1)
Among them are 24 Returnees all from India and 1 Truck driver from Mpondwe Point of Entry.
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the Ministry of Health has revealed that scientists in Uganda are working upon producing COVID-19 testing kits such that all Ugandans can be able to test for the virus at affordable rates.
The government of Uganda recently introduced a test fee for COVID-19 as the country runs short of test kits amid increased demand for the service following a spike in virus cases.
The ministry of health in a circular sent to media houses said a certain category of individuals and organizations who want their staff tested will have to pay USD65 (about Shs240,000) per test starting September 1, 2020, sparking off national outcry.
Cross border cargo truck drivers, Ugandans returning from abroad, and visitors arriving in the country will also be required to pay.
“The ministry of health continues to receive requests from organizations to have their staff tested, which it finds difficult to sustain due to in-country stock of test kits, resource constraints and high costs of recovery of COVID-19 testing,” said the circular, which was also sent to ministries, agencies, departments, private organizations and corporations.
The ministry said the cost recovery mechanism will enable it to acquire more test kits for continued access to testing services in the country.
The ministry also said the government will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing for patients in health facilities who show virus symptoms, contacts of confirmed positive cases, during community surveys, surveillance samples and frontline health workers.
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