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Ministry Of Health Closes Clinic Treating Ebola In Mubende

Ministry Of Health Closes Clinic Treating Ebola In Mubende

The Ebola task force in Mubende together with security have resolved to close down a health facility at Kirunji Village in Mubende district.

This facility has apparently been treating suspected Ebola patients. Rosemary Byabasaija, the Resident District Commissioner, says the move is aimed at reducing the risk of infection.

It is also intended to encourage access by suspected cases to the official Ebola treatment unit in the shortest time possible.

Rosemary explained that a woman died on Sunday from LifeCare Medical Clinic after she bled from the nose and mouth.

She added that although the clinic isn’t far from Mubende Regional Referral Hospital, the clinic failed to send the patient to the Ebola treatment unit.

The task force has now summoned local leaders, taxi operators and religious leaders for a meeting on how to enforce preventive measures.

“So we have decided temporarily, to close it, but also first disinfect it because it will infect others. Then also, teach them that when you see these people, you just call us. Tell us there is somebody here with symptoms and signs. We come and pick them,” Rosemary Byabasaija who also doubles as the task force head said.

It should be noted that although new research on the vaccine is ongoing and nearing completion, Uganda should not let her guard down. This is partly because the currently available vaccines have no guard against the new South Sudan Ebola virus strain.

The country should focus on community mobilization and prevention of the Ebola Virus Disease. Waiting for the vaccine could apparently slow down the fight against the epidemic.

Confirmed Ebola cases have now increased to 54 while the cumulative deaths confirmed have risen to 19. 20 people have recovered from the disease while 14 are currently admitted.

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