Health Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 in Uganda
Nine more frontline health workers test positive for COVID-19 in Uganda. FILE PHOTO

Nine more frontline health workers test positive for COVID-19 in Uganda.

The Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed nine more frontline health workers tested positive for COVID-19 part of the 36 new cases registered on 05 June 2020.

According to a statement released by the Ministry, the 36 new cases, all of Ugandans, tested positive for COVID-19 from 1,310 samples bringing the total number of cases in Uganda to 593.

The Ministry said that all the new cases are contacts to the already confirmed cases. 15 of them are from Kyotera, nine are frontline health workers from Kampala and eight cases were from Yumbe while the rest were from areas of Mayuge, Pader and Buvuma.

“Results from samples tested on 05 June 2020 confirm 36 new COVID-19 cases. The total confirmed cases are now 593. All new confirmed cases are Ugandans and among alerts and contacts.

“Nine frontline health workers from Kampala, one contact from Buvuma, 15 contacts from Kyotera, two contacts from Mayuge, one contact from Pader and 8 contacts from Yumbe,” a statement from the Ministry read.

This now brings the total number of frontline health workers who have so far tested positive for COVID-19 in Uganda to 17. Total confirmed cases are now 593 with 82 recoveries and no single death has yet been registered.

Health Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 in Uganda
Nine more frontline health workers test positive for COVID-19 in Uganda. FILE PHOTO

Earlier last week, the Ministry announced the first case involving an infected health worker. The victim was reported at Mulago Women and Neonatal Hospital.

Following the shocking announcement, the health ministry tasked a group of researchers countrywide to monitor and research on the conditions under which these health workers contracted the deadly virus and why others might fall in the same bracket.

Many experts countrywide, however, have since attributed this increasing number of infections among health workers to the limited training and awareness given to the doctors more so those on the frontline in treating the COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus continues to spread globally with latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University indicating that up to 6,855,858 cases have been detected worldwide, with 398,321 deaths and 3,071,403 recoveries as of today morning. 

In Africa, the number of cases has now surpassed 170,000 with total deaths exceeding 4,700 as of May 6 with countries such as Nigeria on 11,844 cases, South Africa on 43,434 cases and Ghana on 9,462 cases among those topping the chart of the most infected countries.