Bwera Hospital hosts the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Kasese district, an area that shares a common border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country which has battled the worst outbreak of Ebola for more than a year.
A call had been made by the District Deputy Resident District Commissioner Joshua Masereka for the district to be declared Ebola-free on grounds that disease had been contained with no new infections recorded since the first group which was confirmed on June 11, 2019.
For about six months now the two countries have been deliberating about the best way to fight and or prevent the deadly Ebola Virus Disease and signing an MoU to enable the two countries do a number of things together to eliminate the disease was seen as a step in the right direction.
During a meeting held at Bwera Hospital in Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Town Council on Wednesday, Tshapenda argued that DRC has developed expertise and experience in managing Ebola and thus it was within the best interest of the patients to be repatriated to the DRC. Tshapenda says the patients will have an opportunity to receive treatment from their specialized unit at Beni which has a capacity of 60 patients.
The deceased have been identified as Eveline Kabugho 15, a senior three student at Brain Way Secondary School and Eveline Ithungu, a Congolese national who had come to visit her kinsmen in Kinyamaseke.