The 78-year-old president, who has always kept Ugandans up to date on his health, explaining how he feels on different days and times, dismissed claims that he was in the intensive care unit.
President Museveni had not issued an update in two days (Monday and Tuesday), raising the possibility that he was in intensive care.
“I also noticed a few people from Kenya saying that I was in ICU. If I was in ICU, the government would inform the country. What is there to hide? However, I have not been in bed as a sick man in this house except to sleep, let alone in a hospital bed, ICU, or otherwise. Keep praying, we will overcome,” he said.
“It has been almost 2 days since I gave you an update on my war with Corona. Apart from the first two days (Tuesday and Wednesday), when I had a slight flu-like fever, but not as bad as the usual flu, I only had some drowsiness on Thursday and a slight headache at night. This lasted until Friday. There was also a roughness in the throat”.
While still in isolation, East Africa’s longest-serving president noted that he still tested positive on Sunday despite having no symptoms.
“By Friday, all those symptoms were gone. On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, I was busy doing paperwork. I would have gone out of self-confinement, but when we checked on Sunday, I was still positive, but the other parameters were good”.
President Museveni was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to Diane Atwine, the Ministry of Health’s permanent secretary.
“Today, the President tested positive for COVID-19. This was after he developed mild flu-like symptoms. However, he is in robust health and continues to carry out his duties normally, following standard operating procedures,” she said.
What is perplexing is when the president let his guard down. President Museveni has been largely masked and has rarely been seen in public since the start of Covid-19 in Uganda.
He rarely shook hands, and he only met with government officials and private citizens after a negative outcome was announced. Furthermore, he avoided meeting dignitaries or individuals unless they were willing to sit down and talk.