When addressing the nation about Ebola levels on Wednesday, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the president of Uganda warned families of individuals battling with the virus not to use public transport to transport them.
This followed reports of 45 year old Twagiira Yezu Ndahiiro who escaped from his home in where he was being monitored from and travelled to Luweero district hence risking fellow passengers lives.
“Ebola disease is deadly and spreads through contact with someone who has symptoms. When you see symptoms, do not jump on a boda boda or a taxi because you will spread the infection to the ones transporting you,” the president explained.
He also added that the health workers must use appropriate protective wear like gloves ,aprons,masks when examining Ebola patients and boda boda riders should be vigilant not to carry sick people with signs and symptoms of the virus.
It should be noted that Twagiira travelled to Luweero with an aim of seeking treatment from traditional healers which was un successful thus he was transferred to Kiruddu hospital in Kampala.
Due to this, Museveni also warned traditional healers not to accept admitting Ebola patients especially those in Mubende district for it only acts as a catalyst or spreads the virus more than it would actually.
“I want to direct that witch doctors, traditional healers and herbalists should not accept sick people in your shrines or places of treatment. Advise them to call health workers for safe transfer to hospitals,” Museveni said.
He also said that traditional healers are not ones to be trusted with handling Ebola since they have no expertise in doing so.
The president confirmed it that the 45 year old died later last week from Kiruddu hospital and instructed all security personnels working with the Ministry of Health response team in various districts to ensure that no patient escapes again.
According to nilepost under next media, ever since Ebola was announced in Uganda a total of 54 cases have been confirmed, 19 have died and 20 people including five health workers have been discharged from hospital after recovering from the virus.