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Uganda COVID deaths increase to 29, admission days reduced to 10

Days of admission for coronavirus patients have been reduced from 14 to 10 days

Days of admission for coronavirus patients have been reduced from 14 to 10 days

Uganda's coronavirus deaths have increased to 29 following the death of a 45-year-old female resident of Kampala. Details of the deceased have not been provided by the ministry of Health. The country's cumulative total confirmed cases increased by 91 to 2,847 from the 4,475 samples tested on Friday. The new cases include 88 contacts and alerts, one health worker from Luweero and two truck drivers. 

The ministry of Health meanwhile has reduced the number of days COVID-19 positive patients will be admitted at treatment facilities. The days have been reduced from 18 to 12. When patients test negative for the disease after 10 days, they will be discharged. The total recoveries currently stand at 1,288.

Patients will be tested twice for the disease before they are discharged. The first test will take place before admission and another test on the 10th or 11th day of admission. Once the second test comes back negative, patients will then be discharged.

Dr Charles Olaro, the director of clinical services at the ministry and also the head of COVID-19 treatment centers says they have decided to make the change following WHO recommendations. Olaro adds that the move will reduce the high number of patients admitted in treatment facilities especially hospitals.

As of today, 1,468 confirmed cases are receiving treatment and are isolated at hospitals but less than 20 per cent of them have moderate or severe forms of COVID-19. Dr William Worodria, the ministerial COVID-19 case manager says that the reduction in the number of days will reduce congestion at health facilities.

"Evidence has shown that someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and receives treatment will test negative for the virus after 10 days. So if you test negative, there's no reason why you need to remain admitted," Dr Worodria said.

The change in the number of treatment days comes as health workers are urging the government to include home care in their treatment plan.

If home care is introduced, the time mild COVID-19 patients spend in hospitals may be reduced to as low as four before they are sent home to manage the illness. Hospitals would only admit moderate and severe patients for longer periods. The executive director of Mulago National Referral hospital, Dr Baterana Byarugaba wants the days reduced to as low as eight so that patients can recover from home.

"The hospital is overcrowded. If the patients who are feeling better can be managed at home, then we would have more space and time to concentrate on the very sick ones. The money we also spend on looking after the patients would also reduce," Dr Baterana said.

While home care would reduce COVID-19 admissions, Dr Olaro says that they are sceptical on whether it can be implemented in the country. Dr Olaro says that controlling patients would be almost next to impossible which might to further spread of the disease.


+1 #1 Akao 2020-08-30 04:40
At this time they should know better that not everyone who test positive for covid-19 need to be in the hospital.

How many functional beds are there in Ugandans hospitals? and how many more people suffering from other diseases need the same beds?.

What a bunch of incompetent people running a country called Uganda! All they care about are useless things like who is wearing yellow, green, red, blue etc
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-2 #2 Wainaichi 2020-08-30 04:40
Well done Uganda! This is the way to care and protect all Ugandans! Congratulations!!!!
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+1 #3 mandela 2020-08-30 10:58
Intermittent lock downs of 14 days can do the magic to reduce the infection rate because Ugandans won't listen, however much you tell them to wear masks and social distance.
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