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Luweero District Health Officer Dr Innocent Nkonwa says that samples from the suspects have been dispatched to Uganda Virus Research Institute for testing. Nkonwa added that the district has since designated Nyimbwa Health Center IV to host coronavirus suspects.
File photo; The Front View of Nyimbwa Health Center in Luweero district

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Four people are isolated at Nyimbwa Health Center IV in Luweero district after developing symptoms related to the novel coronavirus disease-COVID-19.

According to Luweero District Health Situational report, the suspects were picked up from Kakute village in Nyimbwa Sub County, Bombo town council, Kigulu zone and Ssekanusu zone, all in Wobulenzi town council.  

It is alleged that the suspects complained of fever, sneezing and cough. Upon reciept of the information, the Luweero District Health Surveillance team evacuated them to Nyimbwa Health Centre IV.       

Luweero District Health Officer Dr Innocent Nkonwa says that samples from the suspects have been dispatched to Uganda Virus Research Institute for testing. Nkonwa added that the district has since designated Nyimbwa Health Center IV to host coronavirus suspects.    

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Nkonwa added that they have secured liquid soap for distribution to all health centres and expect a batch of supplies from the National Medical Stores to enable them to prevent or respond to cases. 

Sam Serunjogi, a resident of Wobulenzi town council, says residents called police to pick up a woman after she personally complained of flu, a week after returning from Oman.

Serunjogi says the woman had earlier conducted a General Medical checkup at Bombo Military Hospital and was cleared. However, the flu persisted, which forced them to alert health workers to isolate her until she is tested for COVID-19.  

Luweero district has so far responded to 24 suspected coronavirus cases, which are closely being monitored. Some of the suspects, who returned from China, are under quarantine in their homes. None of the cases has tested positive.  

Luweero district chairman Ronald Ndawula has called a crisis meeting to discuss how to facilitate health workers to ensure that they follow every alert to conclusion. He says they also want to discuss how to sensitise masses on how to protect themselves against the virus.   

Uganda has since registered 14 COVID-19

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