Ebola Outbreak: Kabarole District Issues Guidelines

The RDC said that the district has already tasked all Health Facilities in the district to put in place isolation centers where they can manage suspected patients before evacuating then to the main isolation center at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital.

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Kabarole District has issued guidelines aimed at preventing an Ebola outbreak.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced an outbreak of Ebola in the country after the death of a 24-year-old man from Madudu Sub County in Mubende district, which is 145 Kilometers from Fort Portal.

According to the ministry, a sample taken from the deceased was identified as the relatively rare Sudan strain of Ebola, a severe, and often fatal illness affecting humans and other primates.

Addressing journalists in Fort Portal on Thursday, the Kabarole Resident District Commissioner Festus Bandeeba the Kabarole District Resident Commissioner who is also the head of the District task force said that some of the measures include sensitization and mobilizing the public through radio stations.

Bandeeba also cautioned people against making necessary movements. He added that the district has already tasked all health facilities in the district to put in place isolation centers where suspected cases will be managed before they are evacuated to the main isolation center at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital.  

According to Bandeeba, the district task force will liaise with Fort Portal City authorities and form response and surveillance teams. He asked the residents to embrace the guidelines if the outbreak of the disease is to be contained.

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Dr. Mathias Tumwebaze, the District Surveillance Officer called on residents to be vigilant and report to health and security authorities any suspicious persons in their area for quick action.

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Anna Tukahirwa, the acting District Health Officer Kabarole said that, in the meantime, health workers will be using logistics and the Personal Protection Equipment-PPEs that were used during COVID-19.

In 2007, an Ebola outbreak was reported in the Bundibugyo district. According to records from the Ministry of Health, 143 Ebola cases were reported out of which 36 people among them medical workers succumbed to the virus.

According to the World Health Organization-WHO, a person with Ebola presents with the following signs and symptoms Fever, Aches and pains, such as severe headache and muscle and joint pain, weakness and fatigue, Sore throat, Loss of appetite, bloody diarrhea and urine, vomiting, bleeding in all body openings. Other symptoms may include red eyes, skin rash, and hiccups (late-stage.