KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health has confirmed 114 COVID-19 cases from tests done on Wednesday, September 17, 2020.
This brings the total cases of Ugandans to 5,380.
All the confirmed cases are alerts and contacts of previously confimed cases.
“Kampala(50), Bududa (16), Pader (9), Wakiso (7), Mbale (5), Sironko (5), Luwero (4), Adjumani (3), Buikwe (3), Gulu (3), Hoima (2), Jinja (2), Kikuube (1), Koboko (1), Mitooma (1), Namisindwa (1), and Ngora (1),” the ministry said in a statement.
2,489 have so far recovered from coronavirus whereas 60 have been confirmed dead.
The ministry launched the randomized clinical trial for use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) for treatment of COVID-19 in Uganda.
Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister of health said during the launch that the commencement of the trial will determine the efficacy of convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19.
A total of 162 COVID-19 convalescent plasma units have been collected. This, according to the ministry can be used to treat 65 patients.
Convalescent plasma is plasma from individuals who have recovered from an infection and it may contain antibodies against that infection.
“We are at phase IV of the outbreak. This means we have widespread community transmission. All our efforts are geared towards mitigation and use of CCP is one part of our strategies” Dr Aceng said while launching the clinical trials