Another health worker succumbs to Ebola in Uganda

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Fort Portal, Uganda | URN | Another health worker has succumbed to Ebola in Fort Portal in the Western Region of Uganda. Dr Margaret Nabisubi an anaesthetic officer died on Wednesday 5, October 2022 at 4.33 am at Fort Portal Regional Referral hospital.

Nabisubi, 58, is one of the six medical workers from Mubende Hospital who were transferred to Fort Portal last week after they tested positive for Ebola. According to the Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, Nabisubi is the 4th medic to succumb to Ebola in Uganda. 

On Saturday 1, October 2022, Dr Mohammed Ali, a 37-year-old Tanzanian national succumbed to Ebola. He was pursuing a Master of Medicine degree at Kampala International University. 

He was buried at a cemetery in Fort Portal due to safety and precautionary measures taken while handling such epidemics.

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Since last week, the hospital has been managing six health workers after they were transferred from Mubende hospital to Fort Portal for proper management and treatment.

Last month, the Health ministry confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Mubende district after a sample taken from a 24-year-old male from Madudu sub-county came out positive for the Sudan strain of Ebola.

Ebola has been confirmed in four districts including Mubende where the first case was reported. Others are Kyegegwa with three confirmed cases, Kassanda with one case, and Kagadi where another case was confirmed case.