Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MoH) has confirmed nine more cases of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the capital Kampala, bringing the total number of infections in the country’s biggest city to 14 in the last 48 hours.
The nine more cases confirmed on Sunday, October 23, include seven members of the same family from Masanafu.
The others are are a health worker and his wife from Seguku. The new nine cases have been linked to a case of a person who succumbed to the viral haemorrhagic Ebola in the district of Kassanda.
The cases confirmed for Greater Kampala are from a batch of about 60 contacts listed and quarantined at the Mulago National Referral Hospital isolation unit. Those confirmed Ebola positive from this unit are taken to the Entebbe Ebola Treatment Unit.
“Yesterday 23rd Oct 2022, nine (9) individuals were confirmed positive for Ebola in Greater Kampala region bringing the total number of cases to 14 in the last 48 hours,” confirmed Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng.
“The nine cases are contacts of the fatal case who came from Kassanda district and passed on in Mulago Hospital. Seven family members are from Masanafu and one health worker who managed him in a private clinic together with his wife from Seguku.”
Minister Aceng called on Ugandans to take Ebola prevention guidelines seriously and to seek help from health workers if they develop any signs of the viral haemorrhagic Ebola disease.
“Fellow Ugandans, let’s be vigilant. Report yourself if you have had contact or know of a person who has had contact,. Let’s cooperate to end Ebola,” said Aceng.
As cases continue to rise in the congested Kampala capital city, there are fears that President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni could put Kampala under a lockdown to prevent further spread.
In his third Ebola address over a week ago, President Museveni put the districts of Mubende and Kassanda. Musevei issued 24 directives in his third Ebola address which you can read, word by word HERE.