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Govt advised to stop admitting every COVID-19 patient

Uganda Medical Association says not every COVID-19 patient has to be admitted

Uganda Medical Association says not every COVID-19 patient has to be admitted

The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) has advised the government to stop admitting each and every person who tests positive for COVID-19.

Dr Frank Asiimwe, a urologist who is in charge of welfare in the association, says only patients with severe and moderate symptoms should be admitted and discharged as soon as they become asymptomatic.
 
The advice comes amidst concerns of treatment facilities getting overwhelmed after a spike in numbers of people testing positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Today, the country's coronavirus deaths increased to 26 after the death of a 27-year-old patient from Mengo while a further 98 people were confirmed positive, according to results released by the ministry of Health. All these, according to the ministry's current treatment protocols, are supposed to be enrolled in care and isolated at the hospital until they clear the virus and test negative.

But this, the medical association says is unnecessary as the patients can be well monitored at home with constant communication with the health workers. Asiimwe says their proposal will help facilities not to be overwhelmed and will allow health workers to pay attention to those that need the care most.

Asiimwe says that even those that he recommends staying home, can be easily evacuated by an ambulance to the treatment facility in an event that their health worsens.

However, Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says that even though the association's recommendations have worked elsewhere, with the complacency seen amongst Ugandans, they cannot guarantee that an asymptomatic patient will stay at home. She says if this happens, they will go around infecting others which will create more positives in the process. 

But, Dr Charles Olaro, who is the official in charge of COVID-19 treatment centres at the ministry of Health said earlier that such options as keeping some patients home could be considered in future. He adds that for now, they are creating more treatment centres, equipping them with necessary infrastructure to cater for severe cases if they arise. 

Among the centres is Namboole stadium where 1,200 treatment beds are being prepared to start admitting patients next week. According to MOH figures, of the 2,524 total COVID cases, 1,268 have been discharged meaning that more than 1000 others are still admitted. 

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+1 #1 Chris 2020-08-27 09:23
Right now health care facilities can handle the few covid19 patients in the country, but as the numbers surge,Health ministry and hospitals will automatically let go of minor cases to concentrate on serious cases with severe symptoms.

Am not in uganda and tested positive few months ago,no serious symptoms apart from a minor one evening fever stayed home,health ministry here advised me on what medication to buy,they followed up with me after 14 days i was negative on testing again.

Hospitals will definately get overwhelmed and the only option will be to send patients with minor cases away into isolation.

I pray the health ministry there brings the situation under control but we are bound to lose many of our people given poor state of health facilities in the country,poverty, corruption, praying for my country.
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+1 #2 Mbeho Achuc 2020-08-27 10:01
Please, please Dr.Acheng, maintain the current treatment protocol for the Covid 19...

Mr Frank Asiimwe is proposing an amazingly foolish new treatment protocol that will keep sick asymptomatic patients in the community infecting scores of stupid Ugandans who are still not wearing a mask correctly, or at all!!!

Following that stupidity where there are no ambulances, would be suicidal, and an indication of deadly negligence of duty.

I have said before that Covid 19 has put everyone on the same level...and whoever steals funds, food and any logistics meant for Covid 19 fight will be infected and will die first before the poor Ugandans ....
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+1 #3 Chris 2020-08-27 13:31
Mbeho, for now hospitals can handle all covid19 patients, Dr Asimwe advice is right but will fit in later in the event of Corona cases surging.

Hospital beds are limited,covid19 infections can go to hundreds, thousands or ten thousands,this is when Dr Asimwe suggestion comes in.

Countries with better health facilities have come to their knees, medical personnel catching the virus or being overwhelmed by high numbers of positive patients seeking treatment. Hospitals get overwhelmed where by there are no free beds, ventilators, medicine which are essential in handling critical covid19 patients.

This is when hard decissions like stay home in issolation and treat yourself comes in for minor cases.
Anyways,lets pray the cases keep low untill the vacine is out.
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0 #4 Akot 2020-08-27 16:27
Chris, thanks.

If Covid-19 can't wake up Ugandans to the dangerous position they are in, then our people will end up wiped out from the surface of the earth one day!

It's not Museveni going to save Ugandans from dangers that may fall upon them & Ugandans must give themselves chance to be able to organise, adminster, build their land/societies as they wish & be able to protect themselves!
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0 #5 Akot 2020-08-27 16:35
Mbeho Achuc, thanks.

As I see, there hasen't been better time for Ugandans to say NO to the tribalistic system, UNITE to block Museveni who has already confined himself in State House & will only have to surrender!

Are Ugandans waiting for Covid-19 to spread all over & kill them freely as they have no where no one to turn to for help?

Please Ugandans, the country is fromed by your tribal lands & without bringing down the divisive tribalistic system that keeps Musevnei on & UNITY to block him, formation Independent Tribal States right NOW, will save you!

Covid-19 is not a joke & without good governance with good health facilities/capacity, Ugandans are at great risk, if the virus spreads!
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0 #6 Akot 2020-08-27 16:41
Quoting Chris:


Hospital beds are limited, covid19 infections can go to hundreds, thousands or ten thousands, this is when Dr Asimwe suggestion comes in.

Countries with better health facilities have come to their knees, medical personnel catching the virus or being overwhelmed by high numbers of positive patients seeking treatment. Hospitals get overwhelmed where by there are no free beds, ventilators, medicine which are essential in handling critical covid19 patients.

This is when hard decissions like stay home in issolation and treat yourself comes in for minor cases.


Thanks!

Ugandans MUST really WAKE UP to take charge, responsibilities for their lives, before it's too late!

Ugancans can beg/wait for Museveni to act for +35 years, but this is not so with Covid-19 that requires immediate organization & handling!
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