Yesterday Monday, the news of the tragic death of Damalie Matilda Mugisha hit pals pretty hard.
Few could come to terms with her demise following a 21 day battle with the Covid-19 at Mulago Referral Hospital.
Damalie was a jolly carefree, loving young lady. Everyone loved her back.
Following her death, her finals WhatsApp message with a pal have leaked sending fresh sad emotions among pals.
In the seen messages, Damalie advised the pal to stay home to avoid the killer disease.
She also revealed the virus shattered her lungs though she hoped for a swift and full recovery. Sadly it wasn’t to be.
Lately, Covid-19 infections and subsequently deaths in Uganda have been on the rise forcing
President Yoweri Museveni to re-impose a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel to help beat back a surge.
Last month infections started to spike and new cases, particularly among younger people, have surged, fuelling fears that the country could slip into an out-of-control second wave.
The government, Museveni said, was worried the jump in cases would “exhaust the available bed space and oxygen supply in hospitals unless we constitute urgent public health measures”.
“In this wave the intensity of severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients and death is higher than what we experienced in the first wave of the pandemic,” he said.
COVID-19 infections in Uganda are at their peak, with 1000 new infections reported each day.
From January to April the positivity rate in tested samples was mostly below 3% but the rate started climbing sharply last month, hitting 18% on June 2, according to Ministry of Health data.