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COVID-19: Koboko Suspect Who Died After Isolation Had Tested Negative

A coronavirus suspected patient who died in quarantine in Koboko district had posted negative results.

The suspect was picked up on Saturday by Koboko District surveillance medical team from her home after developing Covid-19 related signs and symptoms. She passed on before her results were released.

However, credible sources in the health ministry have intimated to us that her results came out negative.

Dr Denis Oloya, the acting District Health Officer, said the woman was picked her from her home in Arabanga Village, Degimba Parish after getting information from the locals.

“On Saturday, the team after getting the information, we were able to arrange the laboratory team, the chipping equipment and transport to go and pick the suspect in her home; we picked her samples and sent to Uganda Virus Institute. But unfortunately, she died in her room,” he said.

Dr Oloya said to avoid risks and exposing people to the suspect, whose status have not yet been known, the medical burial team took it up to bury the body and all those (five in number) who were in close contact with her have been picked up and isolated.

Citing her previous health history, Dr Oloya said the woman had a miscarriage some weeks before. “This is why she could have developed some complications after having miscarriage,” he added.

He, however, expressed concern over the continuous entry of foreigners from neighbouring countries such as South Sudan, and DR Congo through some of the ungazetted borderlines which he says will put lives of people at risk.

Currently, Koboko District is isolating 11 people, two of which are Covid-19 suspects. So far, one of the results came out negative. Three Congolese, one south Sudanese and five others came in close contact with the deceased.

Capt Yahaya Kakooza, the Resident District Commissioner, had earlier called for calmness among the locals as the district health team and leaders still wait for the results from Uganda Virus Institute.

However, we have learnt that her results were negative.

Uganda has so far confirmed 53 cases of coronavirus and more tests are being carried.

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