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Uganda repatriates Ebola cases to DRC



The father of the deceased index case who is Ugandan also agreed to be repatriated with his family. The six people who came to Uganda from the DRC have now been found.

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The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng. Photo / File

The father of the deceased index case who is Ugandan also agreed to be repatriated with his family. The six people who came to Uganda from the DRC have now been found.

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KAMPALA – The governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have reached an agreement on the repatriation of six confirmed Ebola patients in the DRC. This was done at a meeting between representatives of the Ministry of Health in Uganda and their counterparts in the DRC.

The Ugandan Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, revealed in a statement that at the meeting, DRC teams had asked Uganda to repatriate the Congolese who had been confirmed and who were being managed at the meeting. ETU Bwera.

"They proposed to repatriate six Ebola patients in the DRC to enable them to have access to the DRC's available medicines as well as support and comfort for their families, as they had six other family members left in the DRC and five as well. confirmed that the Ebola virus was positive, "said the minister.

She stated, however, that repatriation is conditional on patients and relatives providing informed consent and willingness to visit the DRC, while those who do not wish to do so will be detained and managed in Uganda.

The five patients awaiting repatriation include: a confirmed case; brother of the deceased index case and four suspect cases that are; mother of the deceased index case, her six-month-old baby, their maid and the father of the deceased index case who is a Ugandan.

The DRC team successfully repatriated five people around 10 am yesterday. According to the minister's statement, this is the mother of the deceased case, her six-month-old baby, the maid, and the three-year-old confirmed Ebola case.

The father of the deceased index case who is Ugandan also agreed to be repatriated with his family. The six people who came to Uganda from the DRC have now been found.

The minister also said that to date, no case of Ebola has been confirmed in Uganda. However, three suspected cases unrelated to the deceased index case remain isolated to the Ebola treatment unit of Bwera Hospital.

"Their blood samples have been sent to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and the results are pending," she said.


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