Ronald Tumusiime & Agatha Ayebazibwe, Sunday, July 29 2012 at 01:00
Government has confirmed the outbreak of ebola diesease in Kibaale District. A team of experts from the Ministry of Health on Friday announced that the strange disease that hit different areas of the district early this week is ebola.
“Preliminary results of collected blood samples show symptoms of ebola outbreak in Kibaale with high viral infection,” said Dr Joseph Wamala a senior epideolomigst in the Ministry of Health.
According to the Ministry of Health, initial blood samples collected from the patients did not show positive results until other blood samples were picked on Thursday.
Many local radio stations have been reporting about a mysterious disease that has been claiming lives in the district.
Dr Wamala, who said he did not want to cause panic among the health personnel, insisted that the disease is communicable and needs infection control measures for management.
While meeting clinical and nursing officer at Kagadi Hospital Dr Wamala, said a team of health officers will be in the district until other admitted patients are treated.
The disease reported in Nyanswiga Village in Nyamarunda Sub-county has killed 13 family members and a clinical officer in Kagadi Hospital who was attending to the patients.
The Ministry of Health has undertaken precautionary measures by creating strict isolation centres and health workers are expected to wear protective gear at all times.
A team of health officials from World Health Organisation, Centers for Disease Control, Mulago and Laco hospitals, mainly those who handle Ebola outbreaks has already camped in Kibaale District.
However, panic has gripped residents of Kagadi Town who fear for their lives as others have started migrating from the neighbouring villages where the disease broke out.