COVID-19: Uganda through the Ministry of Health begins mass testing all People under institutional Quarantine to weed out asymptomatic cases
Uganda through the Ministry of Health has announced that they are going to carry out testing for all people under institutional quarantine to determine the actual number of coronavirus victims in the country.
While addressing a press conference on Thursday at the Nile Avenue, Hon Ruth Aceng stated that all people currently under institutional quarantine are going to be tested for the deadly COVID-19 as Uganda struggles to weed out any more asymptomatic cases.
According to minister Aceng, this will help the government to determine whether to institute more strict quarantine measures as a way of mitigating the spread of the virus.
“Government will also test all those under quarantine, to weed out asymptomatic cases and institute more strict quarantine measures,” said minister Aceng.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 2661 travellers who have been identified for either self-quarantine or institutional quarantine since January 2020.
According to the ministry, at least 1015 high-risk travellers are under institutional quarantine including those from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who responded to the MOH call to report to Mulago for assessment.
With a total of 660 contacts to the 33 earlier confirmed cases which have also been listed the ministry is working to ensure that all individuals who travelled into the country between the period of 7th March to 22nd March are tracked and tested.
“Ministry of Health has obtained the passenger manifests of the travellers dating back to March 7 2020. These manifests will be correlated with the health forms filled by the travellers and will be used to track all those who returned in the period of 7th March to 22nd March, when the airport closed,” Aceng implied.
She added that further strategies are also already in place to see that government tracks and tests all suspected cases including those allegedly reported to have disappeared illegally from quarantine.
As of today, Uganda has a total of 44 confirmed COVID 19 cases with the majority being travellers returning from UAE (14), UK (14), and other countries including Germany (1), USA (1), Afghanistan (1) and China (2).
All the confirmed cases currently admitted in Entebbe Grade B hospital, Mulago National Referral Hospital, Adjumani and Hoima Hospitals according to the MOH are progressing well on treatment.
Masaka with three cases is the leading district in Uganda with most COVID-19 cases in addition to Hoima (2), Adjumani (1) and Iganga among other districts.