Kagadi District seeks Shillings 1 Billion to manage Ebola Outbreak

36 people believed to have come into contact with a 23-year-old man who succumbed to Ebola in the district last week, are being monitored by Kagadi health authorities.

Kagadi District seeks Shillings 1 Billion to manage Ebola Outbreak
Story by Mukama Evart \

36 people believed to have come into contact with a 23-year-old man who succumbed to Ebola in the district last week, are being monitored by Kagadi health authorities.

The District Ebola Taskforce traced the contacts and placed them under home care for close monitoring following the death of the Ebola victim at St. Ambrose Charity health center IV. 

According to health officials, the victim traveled to Mubende district, which is the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak. He later returned to his home in Rugashali town council in Kagadi district and developed a severe illness.

He presented with Ebola-like symptoms including bleeding from the mouth and nose, high fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, diarrhea, and vomiting while at St. Ambrose Charity health center IV. 

He was later pronounced dead at the health facility. Health officials from Kagadi hospital rushed and picked blood samples from the deceased and dispatched them to the Uganda Virus research institute in Entebbe where they tested positive for the Ebola virus. As a result, health officials started tracing the deceased's contacts including his family members.

Nicholas Kamukama, the Kagadi Resident District Commissioner-RDC who doubles as the Ebola Taskforce Chairperson says that they managed to trace 36 contacts who are being closely monitored by the district Ebola surveillance team in their homes. 

He adds that they have advised the contacts to isolate themselves and restrict their movements. He, however, says that none of the contacts have shown any Ebola-like symptoms and that they are in good health. Despite this, Kamukama says the district is incapacitated to handle Ebola cases since they have not got any funding.

He says that they need Shillings 1 billion to carry out various Ebola-related activities including sensitization, purchase of equipment, and facilitating health workers. The RDC says the district has also established an Ebola treatment unit at Kagadi general hospital.


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