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TOP MOH OFFICIAL REVEALS WHY COVID19 DEATHS HAVEN’T GONE DOWN DESPITE DROP IN INFECTIONS

By Joel Mugabi

Although Uganda’s Covid19 daily positivity rate has dropped almost below 10 per cent, the number of people dying from the viral respiratory disease every day has not gone down.

With daily new infections dropping below 500 in recent days, Ugandans have been looking for answers as to why more people continue to die yet the healthcare system is getting a bit relieved due to the drop in new cases.

Now, Dr John Baptist Waniaya, the Commissioner for Emergency Health Services at the Ministry of Health (MoH), has explained that although the slanting Covid19 new infections curve is good news in the fight against the pandemic, there was need to ensure that it further slants down.

“We believe that the percentage decline is real, but we are dealing with a tougher wave of the pandemic. Having the positive cases below 10 per cent is still not good, we are aiming at having the positivity rate below five per cent,” Commissioner Waniaya told NBS Morning Breeze.

He further explained that the fact that Uganda was registering high daily new infections in previous weeks meant that the healthcare system was so constrained, prompting MoH to recommend home based-care for many patients.

“Due to the high number of cases, we have had many people on home-based care and that is why the number of deaths has continued to go up despite the total number of cases going down. The health of Covid19 patients can deteriorate very fast,” he revealed.

He added that even trying to deliver patients in critical condition to Mulago National Referral Hospital and other health facilities since there were only four ICU or Type C ambulances that have a Mobile Intensive Care Unit. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com). 

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