Two Patients Test Ebola Positive, Three More Admitted

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The blood samples of two patients admitted at Bombo Military Hospital and Mulago Referral Hospital have tested positive to the Ebola Virus as the Ministry of Health and agencies struggle to contain the hemorrhagic fever in Luweero.

The blood samples of two patients admitted at Bombo Military Hospital and Mulago Referral  Hospital have tested positive for the Ebola Virus as the Ministry of Health and agencies struggle to contain the hemorrhagic fever in Luweero.
The Luweero District Health Officer Joseph Okware says that blood samples of Halima Nakimbugwe who is admitted at Bombo Military Hospital and Sabiti Mugerwa who is at Mulago Referral hospital have been found positive of Ebola Sudan virus by Uganda Virus Research Institute.
Okware adds that Ruth Nakanwagi who was also admitted at Mulago Referral Hospital early this week with Ebola related signs have been found negative but she is still under observation.
Okware explains that Halima Nakimbugwe contracted the virus from her husband Muhamadi Kabugo who died of Ebola on 24th October, 2012 well as Mugerwa and Nakanwagi are relatives.
Okware adds that  three people have also been admitted at Mulago Referral with after coming into contact with Ebola patients and they displayed Ebola like symptoms.
Okware says that medical workers at both hospitals are working hard to save the lives of the patients as Ministry of Health and agencies try to trace for other people in Kakuute village in Nyimbwa Sub County in Luweero who may have come in contact with the confirmed Ebola patients.
He adds that World Health Organization officials from Geneva,Switzerland have established a special office in Luweero to boost the fight and they are closely following scores of people who came into contact with Ebola victims.
But residents in Luweero have complained  about the lack of sensitization campaigns on how to avoid the contracting the virus and asked Ministry of Health to intervene.
Joseph Kigongo, a resident of Luweero town council, says that many people are still unaware that Ebola can be contracted through shaking hands, large public gatherings that may include people infected with Ebola and coming into close body contact with an infected person. He says many people are yet to drop these habits in Luweero. 
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But Henry Namakola, the district assistant health educator, defended  the health ministry. He says that they have dispatched a team of health officials and volunteers to move door to door sensitising the residents of Ebola virus.
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Three people  have died of Ebola Sudan Virus since 24th October 2012 and scores of people are also under monitoring for coming into contact with the victims.


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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.