Girl Dies in Nakaseke After Showing Crimean Congo Fever Signs

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Bridget Nalunkuuma, the deceased came from Kagugo village in Luweero district and went to Buswagiro village in Butalangu town council in Nakaseke on December 23rd to celebrate Christmas with her auntie identified as Harriet Nassimbwa. However, on Thursday Nalunkuuma developed severe fever, headache coughed and vomited blood among other signs before she died less than an hour later.

A nine-year-old girl who went for Christmas holidays in Nakaseke district has died after showing signs related to Crimean-Congo Haemorraghic fever (CCHF).
 
Bridget Nalunkuuma, the deceased came from Kagugo village in Luweero district and went to Buswagiro village in Butalangu town council in Nakaseke on December 23rd to celebrate Christmas with her auntie identified as Harriet Nassimbwa.
 
However, on Thursday Nalunkuuma developed severe fever, headache coughed and vomited blood among other signs before she died less than an hour later.
 
Nassimbwa explains that the girl had no illness till when she developed the signs and died shortly before being rushed to the health centre.
 
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The residents immediately notified the District Health Office which is located a few metres away from the village and a team of health workers rushed to the scene.
 
The health workers from Kiwoko Hospital led by Doctor Badru Ssesimba, the District Health Officer, picked blood samples from the deceased and disinfected the house where she was found lying in blood.
  
The dead body was later transferred to Nakaseke Hospital Mortuary ahead of the burial which will be conducted today in Lusanja village in Luweero district.
 
Doctor Ssesimba told URN that the blood samples will be taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for confirmatory tests of the cause of death. Ssesimba adds that the dead body will be buried under supervision of health workers.
 
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This is the ninth person to die of signs related to Crimean Congo fever since Professor Anthony K. Mbonye, the Acting Director General of Health Services confirmed a case of the virus in August last year. However, the Ministry has publicly insisted that there was no need for alarm.
 
The death of the girl has created more panic among the residents and local leaders who insist that the Ministry of Health should come up with strategies to fight the disease in Luweero and Nakaseke districts to save more lives.
 
Sam Serunjogi, the LC 3 Chairperson of Butalangu town council the residents are not aware about how the disease spread and how it can be prevented but unfortunately the Ministry is unwilling to sensitise them.
 
Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka, the Nakaseke district chairperson, asks the Ministry of Health to investigate the deaths rather than blasting those who speak about the fears among the public.
 
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Primary healthcare minister Sarah Achieng Opendi last week attacked Nakaseke district officials for what she called alarming the public about the outbreak of CCHF in the area. She insisted there was no virus in Nakaseke. Opendi also attacked Nakaseke South MP Luttamaguzi Ssemakula who brought the matter to the attention of the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. Oulanyah later ordered Minister Opendi to present a statement on the matter.
 
Last week it emerged that two patients from Kasiiso village in Luweero were isolated at Kiwoko Hospital located in Nakaseke after showing signs of Crimean Congo fever but the Ministry of Health insisted they were not suffering from the virus.
 
The fever presents with fever, muscle ache, dizziness, neck pain, neck stiffness, backache, sore eyes, sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged liver and bleeding.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.