8-Month-Old Baby Tests Positive for COVID-19


By Sharon Ibenu

As of 25th March 2020, Uganda, through the Ministry of Health, recorded five more cases of the deadly Coronavirus, of which one of the cases was an 8-month-old baby.

According to the Primary Health Care Minister, Moriku Joyce, the five cases included two of the six Chinese that had escaped to Zombo but were arrested and brought back into quarantine.

Dr Henry Mwebesa the Commissioner for Health Services at Ministry of Health, says the victims also included an 8-month-old baby who presented with symptoms in Iganga.

“The baby’s father had travelled from Kisumu, Kenya. The baby presented with flu and difficulty in breathing. The health workers took samples and sent them to the Uganda Virus Institute which later on tested positive,” he said.

Dr Mwebesa further noted that the baby has been isolated and is responding well to treatment.

In addition, Dr Mwebesa also stated that the first case of the new five cases included a 63-year-old Ugandan who travelled from Germany and the second, a 57-year-old Ugandan male in Adjumani currently isolated in Adjumani General Hospital.

“The case in Adjumani had not travelled abroad but once in a while crossed the border point at South Sudan to sell salt,” he said.

Court proceedings for the six Chinese have been halted based on the two positive cases reported among them.

Uganda now has a total of 14 positive cases, having already announced eight new cases on 23rd March 2020, and the first case on Saturday 21st March.

The ministry of health urge the general public to report suspected cases to the nearest health facility.

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