The Ministry of Uganda has this evening confirmed that Uganda has registered the first COVID19 death.
Officials from the ministry confirmed this in a brief press conference in Kampala.
The deceased was 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.
This case gained traction after the ministry announced that she had died after testing positive for the coronavirus. Her samples had been taken for testing for the Uganda Virus Institute.
According to the Ministry’s social media, 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.
Yesterday, we report the first death of COVID19 but we hope it will be the only one in a very long time.Director General, MOH, Henry Mwebesa
He further added that while in isolation the patient’s condition deteriorated with difficulty in breathing, cough, chills, and headache. Unfortunately, she passed on on Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 2:00 am. She was laid to rest today following the safe dignified burial procedures.
A report from Wednesday 22nd July stated that she was not Uganda but the Ministry has since changed its position on her nationality and confirmed her as Ugandan.
According to the Ministry, the contacts of the deceased have already been reached out to and they include health workers and family. So far, 30 people have been reached out however the numbers may increase as the ministry continues to do its research.
Uganda’s COVID19 statistics stands as 1,079 cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans and a total of 971 Ugandan recoveries.
May Her Soul Rest In Peace.