Suspected Ebola patient dies in Kanungu

Health officials in Kanungu district are investigating a suspected case of ebola following the death of a man in Kihihi Town Council.

Obed Kasigwa of Buzira village Bihomborwa ward Kihihi Town Council died mysteriously on Saturday night, a day after returning from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where he had gone to visit his mother. 

According to Jacob Tumusiime, Kasigwa’s body was found with blood coming from his eyes, ears and mouth – which are some of the known symptoms for ebola.

A trained burial team from Kihihi Health centre IV took over the burial and also disinfected the entire house in which Kasigwa died.

Kanungu deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Gard Rugaju who visited the scene urged all locals and relatives who might have gotten into contact with the deceased to go for a medical checkup for their own good.

Kanungu district health officer, Dr. Stephen Ssebudde dismissed the allegations that the deceased died of ebola saying the deceased was epileptic, who got an attack in the night and was not helped thus leading to his death.

However the RDC, Hajji Shafiq Ssekandi Ssengooba said they are still investigating the case, but warned the general public to remain vigilant since ebola cases are being reported in the neighbouring DRC.


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