This comes after a few days after the Uganda Prison Spokesperson; Frank Baine acknowledged that up to 59 COVID-19 patients have escaped from treatment facilities within Prison facilities since they started handling cases. The escapees were from Moroto and Jinja Prisons.
Dr. Rose Mary Byanyima speaking to the Press at Mulago hospital store.
patients have escaped from the Mulago Specialised National Referral Hospital
where they have been on treatment, the Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Rose Mary
Banyima has revealed.
While she couldn’t reveal the identities of the COVID-19
patient, she said one was admitted with his mother and once she succumbed to
the viral respiratory infection, the youthful male patient also disappeared. She says their search for the patients has not
yielded any results, yet they pose a risk to the communities where they have
This comes after a few days after the Uganda Prison Spokesperson; Frank Baine
acknowledged that up to 59 COVID-19 patients have escaped from treatment
facilities within Prison facilities since they started handling cases. The
escapees were from Moroto and Jinja Prisons.
At Mulago, Byanyima warns that with the hike in the number of cases with a
daily average of up to 200 cases, they are overwhelmed, adding that people
should take individual responsibility to keep away the disease. Of the 238
people who had succumbed to the disease by Monday, Byanyima says 215 died from
Mulago Hospital alone.
It should be noted that the facility receives some of the
most critical cases and those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, heart
disease and cancer, which have lowered their immune systems and puts them at
higher risk of dying. Currently, 10 to 15% of the patients received at Mulago
hospital are in a critical state and therefore require treatment with oxygen
and other support.
3 to 5% of the patients are being treated in the Intensive
Care Unit. While the general feeling in
the community is that COVID-19 is a disease of the elderly because of the fact
that 80% of all those that test positive are asymptomatic, Byanyima says Mulago
has treated about 20 children with critical disease.
As of now the youngest in the ward is 10 years old who was referred to them
from the Uganda Heart Institute where he was being treated for a heart
defect. She says the surgeon who was going to conduct surgery on the
child suggested a COVID-19 test, which returned positive.
Then, the surgery was postponed until she is declared
COVID-19 free. Overall, in terms of
national statistics, Uganda has recorded a total of 3, 384 positive cases
cumulatively. Of these 10, 549 have since recovered.