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Uganda to repatriate Ebola patients back to DRC

Bwera Ebola treatment Unit

Bwera Ebola treatment Unit

Uganda is set to repatriate the five confirmed and suspected Ebola patients back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The five cases are all from the same family that recently travelled to DRC to attend the burial of a relative, who succumbed to the deadly virus.

On crossing to Uganda through Bwera border post on June 11, their 5-year-old boy developed symptoms of the deadly virus disease and passed away a day later. His 50-year-old grandmother also passed on Wednesday while his 3-year-old brother was also confirmed to have been infected by the virus. His mother and father, their housemaid and a 6-month baby have all been isolated as suspected cases.

Uganda health minister Jane Ruth Aceng says, following a meeting with their Congolese counterparts in Kasese district on Wednesday, the authorities have resolved to have the five confirmed and suspected cases repatriated to Congo because the family has relatives there and therefore would feel more comfortable having their relatives by their side.

The 5-year-old's mother is of Congolese origin but got married to a Ugandan husband and has been living in Kasese district in western Uganda. 

Having battled the outbreak since August last year, Aceng said DRC already has established treatment structures and facilities in place already and therefore the patients will greatly benefit from the established therapeutic treatment.

However Aceng said the victims will only be repatriated on condition that they consent and if they refuse, they will treated and buried in Uganda in case they are to pass on.

Aceng said 50 others have been listed as contacts and any of the contacts is a potential patient and asked Uganda to be extra vigilant and look out for the symptoms of the disease that include fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore threat. Ebola is spread through getting in contact with fluids of an infected person such as blood, sweat, faeces and vomit. 

All suspected cases should be reported to the nearest health facility or on this toll free number - 0800203033.


0 #1 kabayekka 2019-06-13 02:25
Indeed with the current conditions of the hospitals in this country, where the elites also have to run abroad for any sort of treatment, the WHO must repartriate these international patients to where there are better facilities to treat them.

That is what Britain and America did to their citizens that had got Ebola in West Africa. One understands that part of the cure of Ebola is an African home crop of Tobacco!
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0 #2 WADADA roger 2019-06-13 12:36
Repatriating these patients is not a solution and must be resisted by WHO, these will pause a risk to Congolese as well, it is better to treat them first
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0 #3 Zaitun 2019-06-13 16:35
What is the essence of repatriating these people other than treating them? Are they not humans, or because they are sick, they can not be a source of aid to your government?

This sort of behavior of only accepting healthy people as refugees is a threat in the region.

Seemingly, when some of your leaders were running away from hunger-stricken areas to become refugees in Uganda, no one bothered to send them home but were accept as they were, while the sick ones given medical attention.

But because you have been busy eroding the financial support of Health Ministry, you would like to brush off the problem on people seeking refuge.

In fact, where will you send those Ugandans showing signs of being condaminated with ebola virus?

I pitty your selective of Uganda of today where everything is based on money!!!
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+1 #4 Lysol 2019-06-13 21:24
In that case any member of the regime who goes abroad for medical treatment should be repatriated/deported back to Uganda, because having kins there.

What a shameless and inhuman gesture.
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0 #5 Kirya 2019-06-14 16:34
I pray the Ebola virus hit the state house
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