10 Suspected Ebola Patients Discharged After Testing Negative

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10 people who were under monitoring for Ebola Ebola Sudan Virus at Nyimbwa Health Center IV have been discharged after their tests returned negative for the deadly virus.

10 people who were under monitoring for Ebola Ebola Sudan Virus at Nyimbwa Health Center IV  have been discharged after their tests returned negative for the deadly virus.  

The Luweero Acting District Health officer Agaba Byamukama says that all the 10 people who were admitted at Nyimbwa Health Center IV Ebola isolation unit have been cleared to go back home after they  tested negative of the virus. 

The patients have been in the Nyimbwa Health Center 1V isolation unit for two after  weeks after they displayed signs related to Ebola Sudan Virus which  is reported to have killed four people at Kakute village in Luweero District.

Agaba who declined to name discharged patients for fear of their being victimized in society says that they will remain under close monitoring of any illness related to Ebola by the health officials who are trying to contain the spread of the virus

He also noted that they are still monitoring 82 people who came into contact with the dead victims.  He added that precautionary measures and public awareness campaigns are still in place to ensure that the disease is contained and kicked out of the district.

However the patients have been discharged without the expected entitlement package of clothes, gumboots, food and other household items to help them get back on their feet. The package was supposed to act as replacement for property they lost which was  burnt as precautionary measure in fight against the spread of the disease upon their admission. 

The Luweero Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Kyomya says that they failed to buy the items because the Ministry of Health failed to respond to their requisition of 716 million shillings to fight Ebola in the district.

Kyomya says that they patients will be called upon to pick their package as soon as Ministry of Health releases funds.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.