By; Our reporter
08th April 2020
Uganda Medical Association urges the community not to stigmatize covid-19 patients who will be discharged from the treatment centres.
Dr Richard Idro, the President of the association says that they are worried communities may fail to welcome the returnees after completing their 14 days hospitalization and the confirmatory tests that follow.
According to the Ministry of Health, the country’s first case is stable but undergoing final tests and that starting either this week or early next week hospitals may begin to discharge those that tests indicate have completely recovered.
Hospitals that are currently treating the 52 positive patients include Mulago Specialized National Referral Hospital where Uganda’s youngest case of the 8 months baby from Iganga is being followed up and is said to be stable.
Others include Entebbe Grade B, Masaka, Hoima and Adjumani hospitals.
Dr Misaki Wayengera, a virologist and member of the COVID -19 National Task Force says that there is a criterion they have set up to release patients requiring them to be in quarantine again because studies indicate such patients even when cured continue to shed the virus for up to three weeks.
This comes as Counsel Isaac Ssemakadde has petitioned the Minister of Health to discharge renowned cartoonist Dr Jimmy Spire Ssentongo, from institutional quarantine where he is said to have spent 19 days now since March 19th 2020, when he arrived into the country from the United Kingdom and according to Ssemakadde all medial testes against Coronavirus have been negative.
The Spokesperson of Ministry of Health Emmanuel Ainebyoona advises that officials are working on the discharge process.