Ebola Patient Repatriated to DRC

1089 Views Bwera, Kasese, Uganda

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The patient is a three year old child who is a brother to the five year old boy who succumbed to Ebola on Wednesday.

One Ebola patient and four other suspected cases who had been admitted in the Isolation Unit at Bwera Hospital have been repatriated back to Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. 

The patient is a three-year-old child who is a brother to the five-year-old boy who succumbed to Ebola on Wednesday.

Dr Jane Aceng, the minister of health says the five were repatriated on request of DRC by ambulances.

"The DRC team proposed to repatriate the patients to enable them receive therapeutic treatments that are available in the DRC, also all the cases have family members there for support."

The five family members were handed over to officials from DRC today morning. The bodies of the two deceased cases have been buried at a private cemetery in Kasese.

According to Dr Aceng, following the repatriation, there are no more Ebola confirmed cases in Uganda. Only three suspect cases are admitted at the Ebola isolation ward at Bwera hospital. The three are not connected to the first confirmed cases.

According to Aceng, surveillance is still on-going in the country and a new round of vaccination is expected to start tomorrow.

"We are following up on 27 contact cases and are going to immunise all of them. WHO Geneva and Uganda have flown in 4,000 additional vaccines for Ebola," Aceng says.