Ugandan MP tests positive for COVID-19
The Ministry of Health confirms one Ugandan MP tested positive for COVID-19. FILE PHOTO

The Ministry of Health confirms one Ugandan MP tested positive for COVID-19

Officials from the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday told the Ugandan Parliament that one legislator tested positive for the coronavirus disease COVID-19. 

Without disclosing the name, the Officials told the Government Assurances Committee of Parliament that the MP is already undergoing treatment and steadily recovering.

Over 300 Ugandan MPs and staff of Parliament were last weeks tested for the COVID-19 following an order from the Speaker of Parliament as part of the government’s plan to mitigate the spread of the virus.

With all the anxiety to know their status, the MPs in yesterday’s sitting questioned why the MOH was taking long to disclose results from the testing.

The Bujenje County MP, Patrick Kasumba asked the health ministry to explain why their results were delayed and if not why are they taking so long to release results from the testing.

Ugandan MP tests positive for COVID-19
The Ministry of Health confirms one Ugandan MP tested positive for COVID-19. FILE PHOTO

In response, the Director-General Health Services, Dr. Henry Mwebesa told Parliament that there was an MP who tested positive for COVID-19, and as a Ministry they were shocked when the media called them with a specific name also questioning how the information leaked.

Mwebesa also told the MPs that they would get their results latest on Thursday, but hastened to add that whoever has not been contacted posted negative results.

The State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Joyce Moriku Kaducu highlighted that the MPs don’t need to worry as the confirmed case is currently receiving treatment and his or her condition is also stabilizing.

Kaducu however, advised MPs to remain strong but feed on immunity-boosting foods as they have seen it is the way to help in recovering from the coronavirus.

Last week, notable sources pointed to the Woman MP for Kiryandongo, Helen Kahunde as one of the MPs who had tested positive

Many sources were quoted saying that a section of Members of Parliament from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) side were all subjected to a COVID-19 test ahead of a meeting with the President on Tuesday last week.

They stressed that Kahunde’s results returned positive, however in an interview with one radio station, the MP made it clear that she held a test but she was yet to see her results.

Kahunde said that she saw the news around social media platforms about her testing positive and kept wondering how the public would get to know about her situation before her knowing.

Kahunde said that she had to call Dr. Henry Kyobe, the person in charge of the results to clarify on the issue.

“I called him and I was wondering how everyone now knows my result and yet personally I have not got my results. At least they would first give me my results saying based on the tests of the results, this is what we have got, but I don’t even have it in my hand, and they told me the results are not out,” said Kahunde then.

“What they told me, is that my result was inconsistent and so I needed to to another test, but now many people are saying I am in Mulago.”