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Mbale Hospitalized Covid – 19 Kenyan Truck Driver, Blessing In Disguise – Ugandan Authorities

ENN has learnt the controversial reason as to why Government defied its own directive of returning all foreign truck drivers who test Coronavirus positive to countries of origin.

Note that the ministry of health, backed by President Yoweri Museveni had resolved and were implementing this directive.

Now, in a strange twist of events, last week on Saturday, ENN broke a story in which a Covid – 19 Kenyan driver was not sent to Kenya but rather, rushed to Mbale Isolation centre for treatment.

"The ministry wants to use this (infected Kenyan truck driver) as a case study to test and build our own regional capacity to handle Covid-19 cases." An official from the ministry of Health intimated to ENN.

One of the health workers treating the truck driver in Mbale town, while speaking in anonymity remained confident, they would work hard enough to help 'cure' their first coronavirus patient.

Health workers in Entebbe Grade B, Mulago and some regional hospitals across the country have seen their coronavirus patients return to community 'cured from Covid – 19.'

Dr. Emmanuel Ituuza Tugaineyo, director Mbale Regional Referral Hospital speaking to ENN moments ago, said though its true that this will help Mbale health workers build capacity in handling Covid – 19 cases, it will most importantly ensure that the patient’s life is saved irrespective of his nationality.

“What if this was a Uganda in another country, would we love to hear that he or she was denied treatment and deported back to Uganda?” Dr. Tugaineyo questioned those blaming government of bringing a Kenyan sick driver to Mbale.

The concerned hospital director also reasoned that the World health Organziation -WHO itself is against the movement of coronavirus patients from one point to another as this would further spread the virus to communities.

Prior to this case, Mbale and Eastern Uganda in entirety had never locally received or treated a single positive coronavirus patient.

The Mbale case becomes the first foreign truck driver to be treated in Uganda as all those who tested positive were being driven back to their respective countries.

Uganda currently has 89 confirmed cases of Covid – 19 while over 50 of them have ‘recovered’ and no deaths yet reported in the country.

Tanzania's Magufuli sees 'sabotage' in virus numbers
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday questioned his country's coronavirus numbers, and called on the authorities to investigate "sabotage" at the national laboratory.

He said he had secretly had a variety of animals, fruits and vehicle oil tested at the laboratory.

According to Magufuli, a papaya, a quail and a goat tested positive and he suspects a "dirty game" in the laboratory.

"That means there is possibility for technical errors or these imported reagents have issues. Probably, the technicians are also bought to mislead."

Magufuli was swearing in the new Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs Mwigulu Nchemba, and urged him to "go and investigate if there is criminal possibility at the national laboratory and take action".

Nchemba is taking over after the death of Augustine Mahiga -- one of three MPs who died in the space of 11 days.

No reasons were given for the lawmakers' deaths.

However one MP tested positive for the coronavirus in April, and the opposition announced Friday it was ordering its lawmakers to stop going to parliament and to isolate themselves after the string of deaths.

Source: Daily Monitor

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Brando Gonzalez Ortiz cries after receiving the news of his 43-year-old mother Carmen Ortiz's death from the COVID-19 disease, outside the Iztapalapa General Hospital, in Mexico City, Sunday, May 3.

The Iztapalapa General Hospital is one the hospitals designated by health authorities to treat new coronavirus cases. According to the Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has more than 22,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 2,000 deaths.

Health authorities expect the month of May to be the most difficult in the pandemic for Mexico, exacerbated by inequalities that mean some people will find it impossible to stay at home.

In Mexico City, where authorities expect infections to peak next week, workers will turn the Hernandez Rodriguez Formula 1 racecourse into a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients. The paddocks and suites along the front straightaway will have eight hospital modules with 24 beds each. The pits will be used as offices for consultations.

Some of the world's most populous countries reported worrisome new peaks in infections Sunday, including India, which saw its biggest single-day jump yet.

Second in population only to China, India reported more than 2,600 new infections. In Russia, new cases exceeded 10,000 for the first time. The confirmed death toll in Britain climbed near that of Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak, even though the U.K. population is younger than Italy's and Britain had more time to prepare before the pandemic hit. (AP)

Source: VOA

🇳🇵 Children are sprayed with disinfectants as they arrive to get free food distributed by social workers during a lockdown to control the spread of the new coronavirus in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 3.

👉 Nepal has extended the lockdown to May 7 and closure of the international border to May 13. The country has confirmed 84 COVID-19 cases.

The U.N. Children’s Fund warns that COVID-19 mitigation measures are preventing the shipment of vaccines to dozens of developing countries, putting the lives of millions of children at risk.

Source: VOA




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