Three Suspected Ebola Victims Hospitalized

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In short
They suspect that the trio contracted the Ebola virus from their relatives while taking care of them at home and Nyimbwa Health center IV.

Two suspected Ebola victims have been admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital and another at Bombo military hospital. It comes a few hours after it emerged on Wednesday that three people succumbed to the disease in Luweero last weekend. The trio, all relatives of the deceased include Halima Nakimbugwe, Sabiti Mugerwa and Ruth Nakanwagi, all residents of Kakuute Village in Nyimbwa Sub County.

Doctor Joseph Okware, the Luweero District Health Officer says that the suspects were admitted after they complained of fever, dehydration, diarrhea, abdominal pain cough and body weaknesses, which are common amongst Ebola victims. They suspect that the trio contracted the Ebola virus from their relatives while taking care of them at home and Nyimbwa Health center IV. Okware says that they have isolated the suspected Ebola patients and sent their blood samples to the Uganda Virus Research Institute for confirmation on whether or not they have contracted the virus.

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However, Suleiman Jjuuko, the Father to Halima Nakimbugwe insists the trio succumbed to witchcraft saying that, they are trying to linkup with witchdoctors to heal members of his family. By the time of filing this report, a team of officials from World Health Organization, Medecins San Frontiers, Luweero district local government and Ministry of Health were inspecting Bombo Military Hospital and Nyimbwa Health Center IV to decide where to set up an isolation unit. At least 19 people have succumbed to Ebola since the disease broke out in Kibaale district in May this year.


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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.