Vidyya has kept an eye on the Ebola outbreak in Uganda since its onset was confirmed in mid October of this year. Now, the disease has claimed one of the physicians who has been instrumental in slowing the spread of the disease and treating those infected.
The death from Ebola of Dr. Matthew Lukwiya, Medical
Superintendent of Lacor Hospital, Gulu District, has been announced by the Uganda Ministry
Dr. Lukwiya had been involved in the fight to control the outbreak from its
first recognition, helped create one of the 2 isolation units, and committed much energy, enthusiasm and hospital resources to its support. He was an inspirational physician and
leader; his death will be keenly felt by hospital staff, other colleagues, and the large
community served by Lacor Hospital.
Dr Lukwiya may have been exposed to infected body
fluids through his work on the isolation unit. These circumstances are being investigated
by the Ministry of Health.
As of 5 December the Ugandan Ministry of Health has
reported cumulative figures for all affected districts of 370 cases and 140 deaths. This
figure includes 16 new confirmed cases in Gulu district and 9 new confirmed cases
and 5 deaths in Masindi district.