Cult Leader Barred From Visiting Kabarole Over Ebola

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Kabarole district leaders have halted the visit of Owobusobozi Bisaka, the founder of the Faith of Unity, following the outbreak of Ebola in the country.

Kabarole district leaders have halted the visit of Owobusobozi Bisaka, the founder of the Faith of Unity, following the outbreak of Ebola in the country.

Bisaka, whose headquarters are based in Kapyemi in Muhorro Sub County, Kibaale district, was slated to visit his cult followers in Buheesi Sub County Bunyangabu County on August 5th. His visit was to attract over 1000 believers of Faith of Unity from Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo and Kamwenge districts.

A resolution to ban Bisaka’s visit was reached at during an emergence meeting held on Monday evening in the district chairman’s office in Booma to handle Ebola threat in the district.

The meeting was attended by the health officials, medical superintendent Fort Portal referral hospital, hospital administrators of government and private hospitals, health inspectors and security officials headed by the resident district commissioner (RDC). The district officials resolved to ban Bisaka from visiting Kabarole, saying that he comes from Kibaale district where an Ebola outbreak was first reported two weeks ago.

The disease which broke out in Nyamarunda Sub County has so far killed 14 people and another 7 are still fighting for their lives at Kagadi Hospital.

Also banned are the big social gatherings like crusades where people get into physical contact.

This has affected the well-publicized spiritual healing crusade that had been organized by the Fort Portal diocese that was to start on Thursday August 2 and end on Sunday August 5 at Mukabura in Kinyamasika, Fort Portal Municipality. Reverend Father Sturshe Birungi, the head of spiritual events in the diocese says another day would be set once the area is declared Ebola free.

 During the meeting, Ebola task force was selected and is to be headed by the District Health Officer Dr. Richard Mugahi. The other members are Dr. Charles Olara, Medical Superintendent Fort Portal Referral hospital, the officers in charge health centre Fours, RDC Elijah Biryabarema, and the District Police Commander Joseph Kihamba. Also on the team are district executive committee members and administrators for Virika, Fort Portal referral and Kabarole hospitals.

The committee will be charged with the responsibility of monitoring the Ebola cases and report immediately so that they can be taken to the selected isolation centre in Kitaraka health center IV in east division in Fort Portal municipality.

Dr. Olara says they chose Kitaraka because it is the health center that is near the Kyenjojo-Fort Portal road to handle Ebola cases from Kibale and Kyenjojo districts.

Dr. Mugahi says that as doctors they are well prepared and equipped with 72 Ebola gowns and gumboots that were given to them when Ebola hit Bundibugyo and all the health centres have the necessary gloves.

He says they are set to train all the health centre and hospital workers on how to handle Ebola cases.

He said that the ambulance at Fort Portal referral hospital has been reserved to handle and transport the Ebola cases while that of Baylor and the district will serve at the hospital for normal cases.

Richard Rwabuhinga, the district chairman says that they have organized sensitization radio programs to educate people on how to guard against contracting the deadly virus.

He says they acted quickly because many patients in Kibaale, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa are being referred for medical services at Fort Portal referral hospital.

Ebola disease spreads through the eating of dead animals like monkeys, direct contact with infected persons and any discharges from their body.