The health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Said that a Covid-19 test will no longer be required before discharging asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 patients from the hospital.
Aceng revealed this while updating the country about the state of the pandemic on 30th September 2020.
This was among the new guidelines government issued for treatment where a recovering patient will be discharged without a repeat test to check whether the virus has completely been eliminated from the body.
Initially, Covid-19 patients had to wait for at least two negative results done 24 hours apart to be termed as recovered and discharged. This will not be the case anymore. A number of patients have previously complained about delayed test results which had postponed their discharge as well.
“They will be discharged if PCR (Covid-19 test) is negative. Repeat PCR is not needed. If PCR is positive at day 10, repeat after five days will be done and discharged if PCR is negative, the patient will be discharged. If PCR is still positive at day 15, discharge at day 20 without further PCR testing will be done,” Dr. Aceng said
“A time and symptom-based criteria will be used whereby individuals with Covid-19 who do not require oxygen may be discharged at least 10 days after symptom onset provided they have improved and they are at least 24 hours fever free,” she continued.
“Asymptomatic patients may be discharged or de-isolated 10 days after the date of the initial positive Covid-19 test if they have no symptoms at all.”
Uganda has registered a total number of 8,129 cases with 4,260 recoveries and 75 deaths.