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Ebola Victims to be Repatriated to DRC

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.
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng addresses the meeting at Bwera Hospital

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Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC have agreed to repatriate Ebola victims to DRC.

This was agreed on by the Minister for health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng and Gastor Tshapenda, the coordinator of the Ebola Response Team at Beni, the Ebola Treatment Centre in DRC.

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.

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The six people to be repatriated include the three-year-old boy and grandmother to the deceased who earlier tested positive to Ebola.

The others are the mother to the deceased boy and his eight-month-old child, the father to the deceased boy and the maid of the family. These are considered suspects having been in contact with the deceased boy and the two infected persons.

Aceng also revealed that the two teams agreed that the deceased boy would be buried in Uganda on Thursday.

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Aceng, however, said much as the ministry has given a green light for the repatriation of the victims six, the Congolese officials must seek the consent of the victims before they are moved to DRC. Should the victims consent to the repatriation, Aceng says that they will be handed to the DRC on Thursday.

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Aceng appealed to the residents of Kasese to remain vigilant since the borders between Uganda and the DRC remain porous.    

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