Uganda registers more community coronavirus infections as patients stage another demo at Masaka Hospital over pathetic conditions

Uganda has announced 9 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday July 2 after 1,958 samples were analyzed on Wednesday July 1.

The new development means, the cumulative total confirmed cases of Uganda are 902.

The new cases include seven contacts from the communities of Amuru (2) and Tororo (5).

The other two cases were from truck drivers who arrived from Kenya via Malaba entry point.

On the same day, 27 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 and were not allowed into the country.

The latest update indicates that active cases on admission are 188 including 163 Ugandans, 19 foreign national and 6 refugees.

The update also indicates that total recoveries have also reached 847. The figure includes includes both Ugandans and Foreigners.

While there is massive progress in coronavirus recoveries, COVID-19 patients admitted at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital in Masaka City have rose up in protest against the poor living conditions in the isolation unit.

According to reports, male patients caused a stampede in the mental ward, which is currently serving as an isolation and treatment center for Coronavirus patients on Wednesday.

The patients banged doors and windows as well as shouting on top of their voices demanding to be discharged from what they describe as incarceration disguised as treatment.

On weekend, one of the COVID-19 patients who identified herself as Aliona Mary, a former nurse said the conditions they go through at Masaka Referral Hospital, South of the country are ” mentally distressing and painful”.

Ms. Aliona claimed the doctors’ unkindness towards them is shocking, and that they just drop the medicine and run away.

“The conditions in this hospital are really horrible. We rarely see doctors, doctors just come in to just drop a medication that has no name for us to use,” she said adding they are put in a section that had been abandoned many years ago.

The Ministry of Health described as gross exaggerations claims that the government has neglected Covid-19 patients at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona said whereas the conditions are not perfect, Ms Aliona makes many falsehoods.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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