The Ministry of Health has said no suspected Coronavirus patient was evacuated from Royal Plaza, a building located downtown Kampala, contrary to false social media reports.
The senior Public Relations Officer at the health ministry Emmanuel Ainebyoona in a statement said that the Ministry of Health surveillance team received an alert from Royal Plaza of a lady suspected to have COVID-19 infection.
The alert was raised by workers at the premise who indicated that the lady had remained rocked in her room for about one week without coming out.
“Contrary to the various social media posts that have been circulating, the Ministry of Health would like to clarify that our teams used a vehicle and ambulance belonging to Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) to approach the said premises,” the ministry said.
Adding: “Upon reaching the said room, a lady occupant revealed that she was undergoing self-quarantine as any other person who has just returned from the flagged high-risk countries with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Ministry adds that the team’s assessment found out this lady had no signs and symptoms but recommended she completes her period of self-quarantine. They will continue monitoring her until when she gets a certificate of completing Self-quarantine.
“The Infectious Diseases Institute has since reiterated that it didn’t evacuate any suspected patient from downtown, Kampala. The Ministry of Health has not registered any case of COVID-19,” says the Ministry, urging Ugandans to remain vigilant and calm but refrain from spreading false rumours.
Prabhat Mishra, the General Manager at Crane Management Services Ltd, the managers of Royal Plaza said that there is no coronavirus case reported from properties managed by the company.
In a separate statement, Crane Management Services Limited, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group, that manages the building clarified that the social media reports are full of falsehood and relay a misconstrued set of facts."
"While the lady reported therein is a tenant in our property at Royal Plaza returned to the country from China a couple of weeks ago, she is duly observed the guidelines recommended by the ministry of health by subjecting herself to self-isolation.
"Since her return, she has never exhibited any signs or symptoms of the deadly coronavirus. We as the property management company for the Ruparelia Group of companies undertake all the relevant precautionary measure recommended by the ministry of health.