A Congolese National who was isolated at Kagadi General Hospital after presenting signs and symptoms similar to those of Coronavirus has tested Negative.

The patient is a 15-year-old girl who reportedly crossed from the Democratic Republic of Congo, through Lake Albert waters and landed at Ndaiga landing site in Kagadi district on Friday. The teenager first reported to Kagadi Central Police Station after failing to locate the Hospital, to seek treatment after experiencing general body weakness, Headache Fever, and cough.

She was immediately isolated by the facility, on account that all the symptoms she presented have been linked to COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The World Health Organisation –WHO says that the virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Others have also experienced mild to moderate respiratory illness.

Kagadi Hospital Medical superintendent Dr. Isaac Kakibogo told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the samples which were taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) -Entebbe on Friday have ruled out COVID-19.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health Spokesperson advises area residents to continue following guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and control unnecessary movements since they are at the porous border points with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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