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Back To Vidyya Ebola Update: Ebola Claims The Life Of A Man Who Led The Fight Against It

Ebola Claims The Life Of A Man Who Led The Fight Against It

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 of Health.

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.

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