The Ministry of Health has confirmed Uganda’s second COVID-19 death just a few days after the first death was announced. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Health Ministry spokesperson said the deceased was a 80-year-old female a resident of Mengo, Kisenyi III in Kampala.
According to Ainebyoona, the deceased was first admitted at Platinum Hospital on Friday before she was transferred to Mengo Hospital on the same day.
Upon admission, Ainebyoona said she presented with symptoms consistent to Covid-19 which included fever, cough, chest pain and difficulty in breathing.
“She later passed on at 6:30pm.The Mengo team immediately notified the Ministry of Health and Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) through the normal channel. Post mortem samples were analysed both at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Makerere University laboratories and confirmed for SARS-COV-2,” said the Health Ministry in a statement.
The ministry also revealed that their officials are already on ground for the contact tracing exercise.
Uganda’s first death was confirmed on July 23 and was a 34-year-old Ugandan female from Namisindwa District in eastern Uganda who passed on July 21 at a clinic in Mbale District. Today 12 new coronavirus cases were confirmed taking Uganda’s cases on to 1,115.