TANZANIA’S FIRST CORONAVIRUS PATIENT STAYED IN HOUSE OF BELGIAN WHO SUFFERED FROM THE DEADLY DISEASE
By Mulengera Reporter
Tanzania, Uganda’s southern neighbor, has become the third east African country to confirm a case of the deadly Covid-19 Coronavirus disease.
Kenya and Rwanda have in the past few days reported infections. At least eight people have tested positive for the disease in East Africa. Rwanda leads with five infections, followed by Kenya with three, and Tanzania with one. A suspected case in Uganda had tested negative for the disease. (See: TEST RESULTS OF KANUNGU MAN ISOLATED OVER CORONAVIRUS RELEASED).
On Monday, Tanzania’s Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu announced her country’s first patient was a 46-year-old national whose test results were issued on Sunday.
“The case is an imported case and the authorities are doing all that is possible to contain the situation,” said Minister Mwalimu before she called for calm.
The woman had been screened at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in Arusha on return from Belgium aboard a Rwandair aircraft. She had left Tanzania for Belgium less than a fortnight ago.
“She left the country on March 03. While there, she visited Sweden and Germany before she went back to Belgium and returned to Tanzania on March 15,” explained Mwalimu.
“The patient went into self-isolation but samples tested positive of the Coronavirus. She is now at Mount Meru Hospital. Her situation has been contained.”
Meanwhile, the health minister has revealed what the patient told her, including the fact that she had stayed in the house of a Belgian who had contracted the deadly disease that has claimed over 6,500 people worldwide.
“From what she told me on phone, she lived in a house where the owner the owner had suffered from Coronavirus while she was in Belgium,” revealed Mwalimu.
Noting that the patient is still in isolation but improving, Mwalimu called on all Tanzanians to undertake necessary preventive measures, including handwashing, reporting to health facilities in case of any Covid-19 symptoms, and staying away from social gatherings.
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