Minister of Health, Dr Ruth Aceng, says 15 more COVID-19 patients are ready to be discharged once their communities are well prepared.
She made the revelation Saturday while discharging the first three patients who recovered from coronavirus.
Aceng said patients of COVID-19 spend a long time in the hospital and the “ones we are discharging today have spent 21 days”.
“It takes time for the viral load to go down and that’s why we are working hard to see that we don’t have an epidemic blowing out of proportion,” she added.
She said the three have been good patients following the SOPs, very cooperative “but they have refused to sign to be exposed to the media so you won’t be able to see them”.
“We have to respect their rights,” she told media at Entebbe Grade B hospital.
“We also have other 15 COVID-19 patients ready for discharge but we have not prepared their communities so they might go back on Easter Monday.”
She went on: “If any of them gives consent, then we shall allow you to interview them.”
“In a special way, I want to say a big thank you to the health workers who manage the COVID-19 suspected and confirmed cases. You are our real heroes. Without you, we cannot get through this battle. Thank you and God bless you,” she concluded.
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda who presided over the ceremony said Uganda has shown the world that health workers can take care of #COVID19 patients and still stay negative.
“If health workers can’t take care of themselves, then they can’t take care of patients,” Rugunda noted.
He praised Entebbe hospital health workers for taking care of themselves by staying negative while they took care of COVID19 patients.
He said President Museveni has directed that all divisions of Kampala be given relief food starting tomorrow.