Health Ministry: 2 Ebola Patients In “Acute Condition”

approved geneva; font-size: small;”>The announcement came just hours before the government of Malawi cancelled a match with Cranes, citing ‘the escalation of the deadly Ebola disease’ in Uganda.

The government of Malawi further advised their FA to identify another team which is ‘not a health risk’ to the people of Malawi.

Below is the full statement by Health Ministry.

The Ministry has informed the general public that Kagadi Government Hospital has resumed its routine service, receiving and is attending to general patients.

The hospital had for the past two weeks been shunned by patients due to the inflow of suspected Ebola patients.

The reduction in Ebola suspected cases is due to the intensive sensitization of the public about the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Currently, there are still three conformed Ebola cases admitted at the hospital isolation unit. One patient is reportedly progressing well while the two are still in acute condition. The hospital recorded one suspected case yesterday bringing the current number of admissions in the isolation facility to 32.

A total of seven more patients who tested negative are being prepared by doctors and the psychosocial support teams for discharge.

So far, 17 people have been discharged from the hospital isolation facility.

A total of 408 people who got contact with the dead have been listed and monitored for possible signs since the onset of the outbreak.

Of these, 190 have passed the 21 days necessary for monitoring meaning that they did not contract the diseases.

The Ministry surveillance team, however, continues to follow up 211 cases. Five teams have been deployed in 26 villages to conduct contact listing and follow up.

The Ministry of Health wishes to clarify that no confirmed case has been reported outside Kibaale district since all alert and suspect cases from other parts of the country have tested negative.

The Ministry of Health wishes to clarify on media reports alleging that three more cases at Kagadi Government Hospital were yesterday confirmed to have Ebola.

There are no new confirmed cases as the people being referred to were confirmed by August 3rd and admitted in the acute section of the isolation facility. All samples tested since August 3rd have tested negative for Ebola.

The Ministry of Health wishes to further clarify that that since the onset of the epidemic, 10 cases have been confirmed to have Ebola.

Of these, three died, three are still admitted at Kagadi Hospital Isolation Facility while four recovered from the highly deadly contagious disease.

All confirmed cases are from Kibaale district as samples taken from other parts of the country tested negative.

All patients that tested negative are being discharged and re-integrated into their communities as per the discharge protocol. Every discharged case receives a discharge package including new beddings, clothing, kitchen ware, jerry cans and many others. Yesterday, the hospital registered one more suspected case bringing the current number of admissions to 30.

The Ministry of Health surveillance team is following up 248 people who got in contact with the dead and suspects.

A total of 84 people have completed the 21 days for monitoring meaning that they did not contract the disease and are therefore presumed free from the disease.

A total of 2,000 400sets sets of Personal Protective Equipment and body bags donated by the World Health Organization, MSF and the U.S. Center for Disease Control have been distributed to Kagadi Hospital, Mulago National Referral Hospitals and some regional referral hospitals.

Ministry of Health mobile van, airing short messages on Ebola prevention and control have has so far covered nine sub counties.

A total number of 62 village health teams and Red Cross volunteers were trained on Ebola prevention and control in Kibaale Town Council.

The Ministry of Health calls on the public to stay calm as assures the general public that all necessary measures have been put in place are being done to contain the spread of the epidemic and there should be no panic.


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