Ebola death toll in Uganda has climbed to eight after the Ministry of Health confirmed that one of their doctors has succumbed to the disease. Dr. Mohammed Ali is the first health worker to succumb to the fifth Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
He also becomes the eighth person to succumb to the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Uganda. He is one of the six health workers including five doctors and an anaesthetic officer who were taken into isolation facilities in Mubende and Fort Portal for treatment after contracting the disease in line of duty in September.
“I regret to announce that we have lost our first doctor. Dr. Mohammed Ali, a Tanzanian National, 37yr old male today at 3:15am. He tested positive of Ebola on Sept 26, 2022 and died while receiving treatment at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital isolation facility,” Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng announced on Saturday morning.
While addressing the nation this week, Museveni said there is no need to panic because the situation is under control. He added that there is no reason for any lock-downs in the country or restriction of movement.
However he urged people to be very careful as they go about their business much as there are no cases yet in the city.
“Us who are used of fighting wars, when we heard the characteristics of Ebola, we decided to fight differently. It’s not necessary to have lock-downs, close markets and schools or stop worshipers from congregating etc,” the president said.
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