Museveni Admonishes Traditional Healers For Interfering In Ebola Treatment

President Yoweri Museveni has admonished traditional healers across the country for interfering in the treatment of Ebola and ordered them to stop with immediate effect.

Museveni made this directive while addressing the nation on the status of the Ebola outbreak in the country. Museveni’s remarks stem from the Ministry of Health’s report on an Ebola Victim identified as Twagirayezu Ndahiro who was a known contact but escaped from his home in Mubende where he was being monitored about a week ago and went to Luweero District to seek treatment from a traditional healer.  

When it didn’t work, Ndahiro requested to be brought to Kiruddu hospital, where he was later taken to but it was too late for the doctors to save his life. After reaching Kiruddu, he changed his name to avoid being related to Ebola in Mubende.  

The ministry only got to learn that he was the escapee when he was taken back for burial in Mubende. Museveni began by accusing the traditional healer of endangering both his and the patient’s lives by accepting someone with a weird sickness. 

Subsequently, he directed that all traditional healers should suspend whatever they are doing across the country. The President further cautioned also religious leaders not to accept sick people with symptoms of Ebola who go to churches seeking healing prayers.

The President further cautioned people to desist from using herbal medicine when an epidemic hits a country. “We are not saying don’t use your traditional herbs because they can work in some cases that are known to us, but if the government declares an epidemic, please listen to what the government is saying”, Museveni warned people.

He also refuted earlier reports that there is a confirmed case of Ebola in Kampala, the President said the only case was Ndahiro who was brought from Luweero. The President however admitted that nearly 24 people who are believed to have contacted the deceased are already in quarantine. 

“There have been a lot of rumors and anxiety about a confirmed case of Ebola in Kampala specifically Kirudde hospital, I would like to inform the general public that there is no confirmed case of Ebola in Kampala City, as I already indicated to you, the confirmed case was admitted at Kiruddu from Mubende died, 24 people have been listed as contacts and are already in quarantine”, he said.

The Ministry of Health last month confirmed the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease –EVD in Uganda with the epicenter being Mubende district, particularly the Madudu sub-county. Subsequently, Ebola alerts have been heard in several other districts. 

As of the 12th of October 22, there were fifty-four (54)Ebola cases and 19 registered deaths while up to 20 people have recovered from the deadly disease. Ebola victims present with symptoms such as fatigue, fever, headache diarrheal, fever, chest pain, vomiting, and unexplained bleeding in the open parts of the body, for example, nose, mouth, eyes, and ears among others   

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