Dr. Mwebesa and his team addressing the media on the first #Covid-19 death.

Uganda has registered the first case of #Covid-19 related death. The case has been confirmed by Director General Health Services, Dr. Henry Mwebesa.

The case is a 34 year old Ugandan female, resident of Namisindwa District who presented with #Covid-19 like signs and symptoms: fever,dry cough,headache and difficulty in breathing.

The deceased was initially admitted to Wasungui HC II on Wednesday,  July 15, 2020 and treated for severe pneumonia. However, on Monday, July 20, 2020, she was transferred to Joy Hospice health facility, in Mbale District, where she was isolated in the female ward.

While in isolation, the patient’s condition deteriorated with difficulty in breathing, cough, chills and headache. Unfortunately, she passed on on Tuesday July 21, 2020 at 2:00am. May her soul rest in eternal peace. She was buried on 2 July 23, 2020 as per Safe Dignified Burial procedures.
The postmortem samples from the deceased were confirmed positive for SARS-COV-2 by 4 laboratories: UVRI, CPHL, Tororo and Makerere. In addition, findings at postmortem showed features of acute pneumonia; findings that are consistent with #Covid-19 infection.

To date, Uganda has registered 1,079 cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans and a total of 971 Ugandan recoveries.