Uganda Registers 1st COVID-19 Death.
A 34-year-old Ugandan female, resident of Namisindwa District who presented with COVID like signs and symptoms: fever, dry cough, headache, and difficulty in breathing.
Director General Health Services, Dr. Henry G. Mwebesa confirmed that, the deceased was initially admitted to Wasungui HC II on Wednesday, 15th July 2020, and treated for severe pneumonia. However, on Monday, 20th July 2020, she was transferred to Joy Hospice health facility, in Mbale District, where she was isolated in the female ward.
While in isolation, the patient’s condition deteriorated with difficulty in breathing, cough chills, and headaches. Unfortunately, she passed on on Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 2:00 am. She was buried on 23rd July 2020 as per Safe Dignified Burial procedures.
The postmortem samples from the deceased were confirmed positive for SARS-COV-2 by 4 laboratories: UVRI, CPHL, Tororo, and Makerere. In addition, findings at postmortem showed features of acute pneumonia; findings that are consistent with COVID-19 infection.
To date, Uganda has registered 1,079 cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans and a total of 971 Ugandan recoveries.