Uganda confirms its first Covid-19 case

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Uganda has confirmed its first case of Coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has announced. The Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng has confirmed Uganda’s first coronavirus case in a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2.00 am aboard Ethiopian Airlines.

The announcement was made on Sunday morning by the minister of health, Dr Ruth Aceng, from Lourdel Towers, in Kampala. 

According to Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, The case is a Ugandan male national aged 36 who arrived in the country from Dubai on Saturday, 20, March 2020. He is currently isolated at Entebbe Grade B Hospital.  She said the man and was in stable condition.

Minister Aceng said that the positive case had a temperature of 38.7 degrees C at the time of screening.  “During the screening process at the airport, his temperature was 38.7. This prompted the health teams to isolate him at the airport for further follow-up. Subsequent temperatures taken at intervals of 30 minutes and one hour remained the same. He was evacuated to Entebbe Grade B Hospital for further follow up where a nasal swab was taken for analysis,” she told the media. 

The patient is a resident of Kibuli, Kagungulu zone, Kampala and had went to Dubai for a business purposes on 17th march this year. At that time, he was in good health.

Aceng says the patient was identified immediately from the airport and isolated at Entebbe Grade B hospital. Key symptoms of corona virus include dry cough, shortness of breath and fever. The virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the droplets land in the mouths and noses of another person.

The minister added that the passenger manifest had been retrieved and all travelers who came on that plane and further noted that they have all been put under quarantined.

“About 827 are completing self-quarantine while about 1,000 are under quarantine,” she explained. 

The public is requested to report any suspected cases on toll-free lines on 0800-203-033 and 0800-100-066. 

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