Via the Daily Monitor: 17 patients cleared of Ebola, get Shs50,000. Excerpt:
Kibaale District health authorities on Tuesday discharged 10 patients who were admitted at Kagadi Hospital on suspicion of being infected with Ebola. The district health officer, Dr Dan Kyamanywa, said a total of 17 patients have been discharged from the hospital and re-united with their families.
“We have seven patients admitted in the high risk isolation ward out of which three have tested positive but they are clinically improving,” Mr Kyamanywa told this newspaper on Wednesday.
He said medics were monitoring more than 400 people in communities suspected of having been in contact with Ebola patients. “Out of these, 94 have been monitored for 21 days and have been declared Ebola free,” Mr Kyamanywa added.
Those discharged were given blankets, mattresses, sauce pans, cups, plates, rice, among other items. Most of those discharged were admitted at the hospital on July 29 after showing signs similar to of Ebola but they tested negative.
Also discharged were Aston Byamukama, Steven Byaruhanga and Robert Bitamazire, inmates from Kibaale Prison. They, however, were taken back to prison.
Dr Kyamanywa said the World Health Organisation also gave start-up pocket money of Shs50,000 [US$20.20] to each discharged patient.