By Kiberu Frank
There are reports that another Ugandan doctor in Liberia has contracted the Ebola virus.
Dr Ekwaro Obuku of Uganda Medical Association (UMA) confirmed the new development but said more details are yet to follow.
““I have heard that another doctor, Dr Jude Sekungu has been hospitalised over the same disease in Liberia,” Dr Obuku said.
The new development comes after the death of Ugandan doctor, Dr Samuel Mutoro who passed away Tuesday after being infected with the virus from a nurse at Redemption Hospital where he was working at the time. The Ministry of Health said they were aware of the development but they are yet to verify the facts of the case.
“We are trying to verify the facts of the matter surrounding the death of the doctor and the one who they say has been hospitalised,” Ms Nakamatte Rukia, the Health ministry Spokesperson said adding that the Ministry has put up a strong surveillance mechanism to ensure that Ugandans back home are safe from contracting the Ebola virus.
“WHO also slapped a travel ban on countries with Ebola which is an addition to the high surveillance system here to ensure the highly contagious does not come into the country,” observed Ms Nakamatte.
The deceased, Dr. Samuel Muhumuza Mutoro was born in Ndonga village, Kasese district and left behind two children and a wife, Diana Namukasa. He was buried in Liberia due to the nature of his death and becomes the third Ugandan doctor to die from Ebola after Dr. Matthew Lukwiya and Dr Kule Jonah. Dr Lukwiya died in 2000 during the first outbreak of the disease in Uganda at Lacor Hospital while Dr Kule died in Mulago Hospital in 2007 during the second outbreak.
Countries in West Africa which are affected by Ebola are Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.