By Mable Nakibuuka
The situation in Uganda is increasingly becoming worrying after the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths rising consistently.
Currently, Uganda has registered 73 COVID-19 deaths out of the 7,530 cumulative cases of infection.
This comes after the Ministry of Health revealed that results from COVID-19 tests done on September 26th, 2020 confirmed 166 new cases of infection and two cases of death recorded from Kampala.
According to the Ministry, the cumulative number of total Recoveries now stands at 3,647.
The breakdown of the new cases of infection is as follows:
Contacts and Alerts (165):
Pader (47), Kampala (34), Koboko (22), Kole(12), Adjumani (16),Wakiso(7), Gulu (9), Kiryandongo (4), Lamwo (3), Yumbe (2), Amolatar (2), Hoima (2), Luwero (2), Masindi (1), Amuru (1), Arua (1)
Among the new cases is also 1 truck driver who entered the country from Elegu Point of Entry.
Meanwhile, Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health on Friday handed over Haematology Analyzers and reagents to 14 Regional Referral Hospitals donated by Microhaem, in a bid to enhance diagnosis and subsequent timely treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Shortly after the handover, Dr Atwine tweeted thus; “We handed over Haematology Analyzers and startup reagents to 14 Regional Referral Hospitals worth 2.1bn, donated by Microhaem as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. This series does blood count for timely diagnosis, and monitoring patients progress on treatment.”
She added that; “This equipment will be very useful for investigations and management of patients of COVID-19, Anaemia (Low blood level) in mothers and children, Sickle cell disease, Leukaemia (cancer of blood), Tuberculosis, HIV and Malaria among other diseases.”
Atwine also noted that; “Our laboratories are one of the best in the region. That is why we are able to pick a number of these epidemics fast. This equipment that we have received will be placed in the Regional Referral Hospitals to strengthen our diagnosis.”
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