By Innocent Atuganyira
Following the confirmed Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the health authorities in the Western Buliisa district have challenged the community members to be more vigilant and report any Ebola like symptoms to the nearest health centres.
Speaking to our reporter on Tuesday evening, Robert Mugabe the Buliisa District Health Educator explained that since the district borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the deadly disease is likely to spread due to cross border movements.
Mugabe adds that communities should quickly alert the health workers when they come across someone with signs and symptoms of Ebola. Some of the Ebola signs and symptoms are high malaria, headache, diarrhea, unnecessary bleeding of blood in the body openings and others.
The health expert says they are to work hand in hand with the ministry of health so that they carry out thorough checking of people crossing at the entry points mostly in Butiaba and at Wanseko ferry terminal.
This comes after the health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Saturday confirmed an outbreak of Ebola following the one death in Mbandaka, a city in the north-western Equateur Province.
The patient, a 31-year-old man, began experiencing symptoms on April 5 and after a week of care at home, sought treatment at a local health facility.
On 21 April, the patient was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre for intensive care but died later that day.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is experiencing its fourteenth Ebola outbreaks since 1976. The current outbreak is the sixth since 2018 alone – the most frequent occurrence in the country’s Ebola history.