- Ebola is a killer disease which presents with high fever and bleeding through body openings
- It is very infectious, kills in a short time but can be prevented
- The signs and symptoms are; head ache, bleeding through body openings, vomiting blood, joint and muscle pain and reduced urine
- The two children improved and they were discharged from Bolomoni Health centre III on Wednesday
Yumbe- The blood samples of suspected Ebola cases registered at Bolomoni in Bidibidi Zone IV refugee settlement in Yumbe District have tested negative.
Two girls with the ages of three and five respectively developed a sickness with Ebola like symptoms two weeks ago and were admitted at Bolomoni Health centre III, a facility within the settlement.
Blood samples of the patients were taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) Entebbe for testing but according to Dr Alfred Yayi the Yumbe District Health Officer the blood samples for both patients have tested negative.
He said on Thursday evening that there are other conditions that affects the blood so when it becomes weak, any small problem can cause prolonged bleeding and even conditions like meningitis can cause bleeding but the two cases were managed for Malaria.
“If you have Malaria, your blood gets affected and when the level of blood cells called platelets that controls bleeding is so low, you can potentially bleed through the body openings such as nose, ears, eyes, anus and other parts. There are a number of other conditions that can cause such conditions not only Ebola,” he said.
Dr Samuel Onyaiti the Public Health Officer for UNHCR said it is good that the tests were able to rule out all known causes of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever which could cause more panic in the community.
He said the medical team have been engaged in community sensitization to keep vigiliance and allay any fears in the community.
“Since no Ebola case has been confirmed in the area, people need to take precaution. The issue of minimising contacts and hand washing be taken seriously because DRC is not far from us and there are other people who go to Congo to visit their relatives and others go for business but can easily bring Ebola to this place,” he cautioned.
Ms Mary Tabu, a South Sudanese resident of Bolomoni said: “The reports of suspected Ebola cases in our village created a lot of panic in the area as a result. Some people wanted to migrate to other places. It is good that the cases are not Ebola but we request the implementing partners to bring more drugs so that such rare sickness cases are managed easily”.
Mr Salvat Manze a teacher at Bolomoni said: “I ran briefly to Yumbe town for my life because Ebola is a very deadly disease which can kill one within the shortest time but however calm should now return in the area”.