Photo: Ministry of Health Uganda/East African
Health workers carry the corpse of a man suspected to have died of disease with Ebola-like symptoms for burial in Tororo District, Uganda on February 12, 2019.
By Dicta Asiimwe
Uganda’s Health ministry on Wednesday said there can be no Ebola case inside the country after blood tests via a man suspected to have died of the haemorrhagic fever was found to be negative.
“Samples taken off via the deceased tested negative for Ebola. Ministry of Health along with partners remain vigilant to prevent importation of any case of Ebola into Uganda. There can be no confirmed case of Ebola,” the ministry tweeted on Wednesday.
13 individuals via the eastern district of Tororo had been quarantined on Tuesday over fears which they might had contact with the victim.
They had repatriated the body for burial via Democratic Republic of Congo, which neighbours Uganda to the west, where Ebola has claimed 500 lives.
The Ugandan man died of a disease with Ebola-like symptoms.
“Thirteen people via Tororo went to collect the body along with passed through the border check point in Zombo district along with proceeded to Tororo,” reads a joint statement by the ministry of health along with World Health Organisation (WHO).
Another perfect storm in DR Congo?
The 46-year-old had been admitted at a hospital in eastern Bunia town in DR Congo since November 2018 complaining of chest pain along with cough. He died on February 8, 2019, according to the statement.
Bunia can be in Ituri province where WHO says a few suspected Ebola cases have been reported.
The man, whose name has been withheld for fear which which would certainly reveal the identity of quarantined relatives, died of pulmonary tuberculosis, according to the death certificate issued by the government
He had been living in DR Congo for the past eight years, where he worked as a mason.
The government supervised his burial on Tuesday.
DRC declared the Ebola outbreak on August 1, 2018.
Neighbouring countries Uganda, Rwanda along with South Sudan have been heightened Ebola surveillance along with prevention preparedness.
There are fears which DR Congo’s porous borders, militia groups, ethnic violence along with weak health infrastructure could make which easy for Ebola to spread to the neighbouring countries.
Uganda’s health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says which at least 3,587 frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated.
Regular travellers into the country via DR Congo are required to wash their hands in chlorine at border posts among the measures to prevent the virus via spreading.
–Additional reporting by Kiplagat Edwin.