At least six pupils from three different schools in Kampala, Uganda, tested positive for the Ebola virus. One of the students ultimately succumbed to the disease, which has been on the rise in the country. Doctor Jane Ruth Aceng, who is the Ugandan Minister of Health, told reporters on Wednesday that six young people from the same area had died from the illness after being exposed to it before.
“These students attended one of the three schools that were located in the Rubaga division. For further investigation, we have compiled a list of 170 contacts from these educational institutions.” The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, had this to say. Aceng said that the fact that people in Uganda don’t go to hospitals for medical care is another thing that helps the virus spread.
When a reporter from The Associated Press went to God’s Will Primary School, the school was still closed, and the headmaster explained in an interview that the school had been shut down out of respect for one of its students who had recently passed away. “Before the child passed away, the KCCA (Kampala Capital City Authority) medical team was here to ensure that they put in place what the Ministry of Health requested for us to ensure that we curb the spread of Ebola,” said Steven Lwanga.
Green Valley Primary School, which is one of the schools that has been hit the hardest, has been forced to shut down three of its classes. These classrooms include Primary Seven candidates who are scheduled to take the National Examinations. Ian Mugisha stated, “I think they are upset a little; they are traumatized; they are demoralized in a way; they are not sure whether they are going to sit, so that is their worry.”
As a result of the outbreak, fear has been spread throughout the neighborhoods that are in close proximity to the schools. Even though they do not appear to have any symptoms, members of the school staff and students are being excluded from the community, according to Steven Lwanga, the headmaster of God’s Will Primary School.
“We are progressing toward the point where we will be a burden on the neighborhood. People are afraid of getting closer to us, and when they see you, they run away because they believe you have Ebola. As a result, the Ministry of Health and the government should work together to do a lot more to educate the public,” Lwanga stated.
Natukunda Rosette, who has a shop in the area and is also a neighbor of the school, has stated that she engages in daily conversation with the students as a result of the fact that she sells snacks and other educational supplies. She mentioned that ever since the news was made public, she has been in a state of continual terror, hoping against hope that she has not become infected with the disease. “I have ceased the sale of such edibles. If anyone comes to me to purchase something from me, I will keep a safe distance. “
On September 20, the government of Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola in the central district of Mubende. The outbreak was triggered by the positive test results of a guy who was 24 years old. According to the Center for Disease Control, as of today, at least 31 people have lost their lives as a direct result of the illness, and over 109 people have tested positive for the presence of the Ebola virus.