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Vision journalist finally picked up for COVID-19 treatment, 3 days later

The Vision Group journalist who tested for coronavirus on Monday has finally been taken to Entebbe Grade B hospital after spending three days in self-isolation at his residence.

The Bukedde newspaper journalist was picked up from his residence on Thursday afternoon contrary to the ministry of Health guidelines requiring that all positive cases are immediately isolated to prevent further transmission of the virus.  

According to sources at New Vision, two journalists - one male and one female both tested positive on Monday. They were reportedly tested by a team from State House because they were going to cover President Yoweri Uganda.

While the asymptomatic female journalist was in office when the results were returned and was immediately whisked off into isolation, the male journalist was at his home. He was asked to self-isolate at home where a health team would pick him up. However, the health team neither showed up nor contacted the journalist. 

Like the Vision Group journalist, a staff of the NTV who also tested positive on Monday was only picked up later on Tuesday night and taken to Mulago specialized national referral hospital for treatment.  

However, when our reporter spoke to Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, she said it wasn’t possible that the two had not yet been linked to care given the high rate of transmission in the country. 

She also called on Ugandans to take personal responsibility to protect themselves against COVID-19 because of the surge in cases especially in Kampala where a total of 51 people have tested positive in a single day, according to results of tests done on Wednesday.

Uganda also recorded the highest number of positives in a single day at 94. Overall, Uganda has so far recorded 1,750 positive cases from a total of 336,713 samples tested to date. Of the positive, 1194 have recovered and 19 have succumbed to the viral respiratory disease. 

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0 #1 Mbeho Achuc 2020-08-21 04:29
Is this something intentional, that someone tests positive and is left to go to his home and infect the family as he/she self isolates?

Is the money for treatment, testing finished? Since I have read in different newspapers, including Observer,that a Ugandan China flu patient is the most expensive even when in other neighboring countries it costs 20 times less!!!!

If malice is involved, may the Covid afflict those doing such out of Malice...!!
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0 #2 Lysol 2020-08-21 04:31
The slow response can only show that the corrupt regime is not prepared and incompetent to fight the COVID-19. It might be too little too late for the victims.

One can only imagine what would happen to the ordinary man. Next time, it could be someone in the State House itself.
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-1 #3 Wainaichi 2020-08-21 05:39
Cry baby cry! Ugandans are like small babies crying for government tits.

If mama Government does not breastfeeding and tits immediately to crying folks who instead for waiting the Goverment to pick them up 'they should take matatu and travel to the hospital or more securely famous boda boda or special hire to take them to hospital.Cry baby cry'hagaha
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0 #4 Miki 2020-08-22 16:32
Covid19 community spread means that the country just entered a most terrifying phase.

We are likely to see the numbers multiply exponentially in the coming days. Covid19 overwhelms healthcare infrastructure, and this is bound to happen.

Set up more Covid treatment centers in every community because it will not be possible to transport every case to far away treatment centers.

There is also a need to re-think the isolation guidelines - Positive but asymptomatic people and the mildly should be isolating from home where possible. Only the critically sick should be triaged to the treatment centers.
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