A total of thirteen people are so far hospitalized at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital due to Ebola, authorities have confirmed.
According to officials, the 13 were picked up from Madudu sub-county in Mubende district, and Rujuburi refugee camp in Kyegegwa district on Wednesday evening following an outbreak of Ebola in the area.
Rosemary Byabashaija, the Mubende Resident District Commissioner-RDC says that 10 people were tracked down by the district surveillance team that was dispatched on Wednesday morning following the confirmation of the Ebola outbreak in the district.
The RDC who also chairs the district Ebola taskforce, says 4 people from the Refugee camp are being screened after presenting with Ebola symptoms while 9 are receiving treatment in the isolation center at the hospital.
Rosemary says that the team found the 10 very ill in Madudu sub county where the outbreak was reported on Monday. However One of the 10 died upon arrival at the hospital, bringing the number of deaths resulting from the Ebola outbreak to 8.
The first 7 people, among them an enrolled nurse died before the outbreak was confirmed.
According to Byabashaija, the medical team will bury the deceased’s bodies on Thursday as the surveillance team continues with its work in Madudu sub-county and other areas.
Byabashaija says arrangements are underway to provide vaccines to health workers in the field as well as sensitization of the masses via the media, which has already started. She revealed that a team has been sent for surveillance and investigations at St. Florence clinic in Madudu where the first 4 people died from.
Byabashaija attributes the earlier deaths to self-diagnosis and medication, which is still prevalent in the local communities.