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2 Ebola Cases Hold Back Kampala In Cross-hairs

Following the recent case published on Newslex Point of a 45 year old man from Mubende dying from Kiruddu hospital in Kampala this week after escaping from Mubende where he had been listed as a contact and being followed up. The second patient is a wife also who tested positive for Ebola after delivering at Kitebi Health Center IV in Kampala.

At least 42 contacts of the patients have been listed in Kampala and more than 10 health workers who handled the two patients have been isolated at the Mulago isolation center.

“She is a listed contact of her husband, but also a contact to her husband‘s brother. She was listed as a contact in Mubende and therefore remains a case of Mubende,” Dr Jane Ruth Aceng ,the health minister stated.

The acting director of Mulago National Referral Hospital Dr Byanyima Rosemary spoke to Newslex Point and said the hospital is safe and providing care to all patients.

The isolation unit is a stand-alone facility, separate from the lower and upper Mulago. I don’t know the number of people who are isolated there because it’s under the Ebola task force, “ she said.

Ebola cases have triggered anxiety among Kampalans

Much as many people have questioned the relevance of listing the two patients as cases of Mubende and not Kampala Dr Aceng and President Museveni are sticking with their positions.

These cases in Kampala have triggered anxiety among the city dwellers and people interested to come to the city, a development that could affect business and slow down the recovery from the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

“Unless Kampala generates its own cases that start with Kampala, we can’t call that case a Kampala case,”Dr Aceng reasoned before urging the public to remain calm and vigilant.

During the president address to the nation on Wednesday, he said:

“ There has been a lot of rumors and anxiety about confirmed cases of Ebola in Kampala City , specifically Kiruddu hospital. I would like to inform the general public that there is no confirmed cases of Ebola in Kampala city.”

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