An Ebola patient died at a hospital in Uganda’s capital, the health ministry confirmed on 11th October 22
He was the 19th victim in the current outbreak of the deadly virus but the first to die in Kampala.
There have been 54 confirmed cases in Uganda but no others have been recorded in the city.
Twenty people have recovered including five medics from the first hospital where a case was treated. They were discharged on Tuesday.
The person who died in Kampala was already known to the authorities as having potentially come into contact with the virus.
He was from outside the city but Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said the man ran away from his village, disguised his identity and visited a traditional healer in a different region.
He died at Kiruddu National Referral Hospital last Friday, but the death has only just been confirmed.
Dr Aceng said that teams which treated him were alert to the dangers and had protected themselves, because the patient arrived at the hospital when he was seriously ill.
Forty-two people who he may have come into contact with have been identified and are Experts say it is unrealistic to think Ebola will ever be eradicated, but with swift action and effective contact tracing it is now easier to prevent a crisis.
Addressing the nation tonight the president of Uganda General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed all witchcraft places to cease receiving patients of all kind since they cannot handle these separate cases of ebola that can only be handled by the medic.
The president further directed the miracle performing churches to work hand in hand with the medical practitioners to immediately transport all those who go to their churches for healing from Ebola.
Mr. Museveni has refuted claims of the country’s capital having recorded an Ebola case as it has been reported by many media outlets, however he said the case reported at kiruddu hospital is of person who came from epic district of mubedde.
The president has further directed reminded Ugandans to continue following the standard operating procedures so as to end the Ebola spread.