The Health Ministry has ruled out an Ebola
outbreak in Kikuube district. Tension has been high in the district since last
week following the death of a man at Buhuka Health Center with Ebola like
The deceased was identified as 34-year-old Jawiambe,
a resident of Senjojo landing site in Buhuka parish Kyangwali Sub County. He
was rushed to Buhuka Health Center on Saturday with severe fever and diarrhea
while oozing blood from his nose and mouth.
He died shortly after arrival at Buhuka Health
Center. Health experts hurriedly conducted his burial triggering panic in the
district. The Ebola scare prompted CNOOC officials, which is involved
in oil activities in Kikuube district to halt their operations.
Health officials picked samples from the
deceased and dispatched them to Uganda Virus research Institute Entebbe for
examination. Now, Dr. Nicholas Kwikiriza, the Acting Kikuube District Health Officer, says
the samples taken from the deceased have tested negative for Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers.
He says the Health Ministry has also dismissed
fears of an Ebola outbreak in the district and called for calm among members of
the public. Kwikiriza has applauded the people of Kikuube for being vigilant
and asked them to remain cautious and report suspicious cases to health
officers for quick response.
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Kikuube district share a porous border with the
Democratic Republic of Congo, which is struggling to control an Ebola outbreak.
Residents of the two sister countries interact freely.
In June, ministry of health declared an
outbreak of Ebola in Kasese after three people tested positive. The three
victims including a five-year-old boy eventually succumbed to the disease. The
victims had entered Uganda through an ungazetted entry point from DRC.