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Ebola Virus: One suspect isolated in Kasese-Health Officials

BY JOACKIM KULE

Kasese district Health Department has isolated one Ebola suspect and is tracing for another that allegedly escaped from one of the health facilities with in Kasese municipality.

The two probable suspects are anticipated to have originated from Mubende and Kyegegwa districts yesterday where cases of Ebola have been registered.

Mr. Stephen Bagonza, the Assistant District Health Officer in charge of Environmental Health confirmed the development on Wednesday during the district Task force meeting that was held at the mayor’s gardens in Kasese Town.

He explained that the two suspects visited separate health facilities and showed signs that caused suspicion that attracted the attention of the health workers to demand for further examinations. But later, one of the suspects who had been granted referral accepted and was taken to Rukoki health center IV while the other escaped and is within the community members.

Mr. Bagonza however, noted that the one in isolation was pregnant and got a miscarriage in the morning hours.

According to Bagonza, the suspect on run is expected to be staying in the communities of Kanyangeya and Saluti cells, Nyamwamba division, Kasese Municipality, stressing the need for people to be vigilant and report the victim for further examinations.

Lt. Maate Magwara, the Kasese Deputy RDC in charge of Bukonzo County said that the people should limit on the gatherings and to strictly observe some of the measures that were put in place during the covid-19 pandemic because they cross cut.

He has since cautioned the health workers against the tendencies of absenteeism and delay to attend to patients in order to help in responding to the cases if identified.

Dr. Joy Muhindo, the Kasese Municipal Medical Health Officer, however told the meeting that they are currently lacking ambulances that would aid in transporting the suspects from their areas to the isolation centers.

Rev. Ezra Yongeza Mukonzo, the Kasese District Interfaith Chairperson and a member of the taskforce observed need for the health department to train the religious leaders on how to handle the Christians in their respective places of worship.

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