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Masaka Hospital Announces First Patient to Succumb to COVID-19

Masaka regional referral hospital has announced their first patient to succumb to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The deceased is a 56-year-old male police officer attached to the Lwengo police station. Masaka Regional Referral Hospital Director Dr. Nathan Onyachi announced the sad news on Monday.

According to Dr. Onyanchi, the deceased has been a known diabetic patient and he has been battling the illness for the last 10 years.

He says that the deceased was admitted at the hospital emergency unit on 8th September 2020 with difficulty in breathing and he died on Friday. Dr. Onyanchi confirmed that when his samples were taken the results were positive for COVID-19.

The in-charge of Masaka Regional hospital COVID-19 treatment center, Dr. Mark Juuko says that the attendants the deceased interacted with are known and will be traced for testing.

He however complained that the results are coming in late which could cause a problem. He says that they have started contact tracing of all the contacts of the deceased including health workers that handled him when he was admitted.           

Dr. Juuko has however warned members of the public against being complacent saying that the growing numbers of people with the virus will soon overwhelm the front liners the health workers and they lose the battle which they had managed well at the start.

The southern regional police spokesperson Muhamad Nsubuga described the incident as unfortunate saying that they are working closely with the health workers to identify the contacts of the fallen police officer.

Masaka regional treatment center unit currently has 11 patients that are undergoing treatment and the Masaka burial team has so far conducted 9 burials of COVID-19 deaths.