Mubende, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health has commissioned a newly constructed Ebola treatment unit in Mubende district, to create more space for handling patients on admission. The new unit, located at the Works yard in Mubende town will accommodate 60 patients.
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that the new unit will start operations on Monday to relieve the pressure on the 42-bed capacity unit at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital, which was established at the time the outbreak of Ebola was confirmed in the country.
Aceng said that some patients from the first treatment unit will now be transferred to the new place to reduce on the congestion which had earlier forced the medical workers to shift to the mental department.
She added that the ministry has been operating withholding units at Madudu in Mubende, and Kalwana sub county, where patients were being kept for some time before being evacuated to the treatment centre. But she added, the rising number of cases has necessitated the construction of a new treatment unit in Kassanda district as another measure to take treatment services closer to the people.
Aceng said that Kassanda district registered a total of 12 cases increasing the number of cases of Ebola virus disease to 33. The minister blamed the rising Ebola cases in Kassanda district on the weak district health system.
Mubende and Kassanda districts are under lockdown restrictions, a measure announced two weeks ago in order to contain the spread of Ebola. Records show that there is a cumulative total of 115 confirmed cases of Ebola countrywide with 32 confirmed deaths including children.