Panic in Kyotera as child succumbs to Ebola-like illness

Posted: 2019-07-18T17:26:49Z
Panic in Kyotera as child succumbs to Ebola-like illness

There is panic in Kyotera district death following the death of a suspected Ebola victim. The deceased is 8-year-old Sharifah Nambajjo, a pupil of Good Hope Primary school in Kabira Sub County in Kyotera district. 

The minor died with symptoms similar to those of the highly contagious hemorrhagic.

According to available information, the victim was first admitted at Kabiira Health Centre IV when she presented with strange symptoms including vomiting of blood and Epistaxis, a condition that presents acute hemorrhage from the nostrils and nasal cavity.  

however, she was later transferred to Kitovu Missionary Hospital in Masaka district for further management where she passed on this morning in the temporarily isolation unit where she was admitted on Wednesday evening. 

According to Major David Matovu, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner who is leading the Ebola surveillance taskforce, the minor died shortly after a team from the Health Ministry had collected samples from her for examination.       

Adding that a team of medics has been dispatched to her family to examine some of the people she came in contact with as they wait for the results from the samples.

The Kyotera District Health Officer Dr. Edward Muwanga, has called for calm, saying they are handling the situation despite fear it has generated in the community. 

The development comes after the World Health Organization-WHO on Wednesday declared the outbreak of Ebola in DRC as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern-PHEIC. 

More than 2,500 Ebola cases have been reported in DRC with over 1600 deaths since the outbreak was declared last year. PHEIC's are declared during an outbreak when there is a high risk of the disease spreading to other countries.