Mubende hospital lab technician succumbs to ebola

Dr. John Grace Walugembe, has been working as laboratory attendant at Mubende hospital. He becomes the fifth medic to succumb to Ebola disease in less than one month

By Leonard Kamugisha Akida,


Deadly ebola virus disease has claimed life of the fifth medic in Mubende district, authorities reported.

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Rosemary Byabashaijja, the Mubende Resident District Commissioner has identified the deceased as Dr. John Grace Walugembe, a laboratory attendant at Mubende regional hospital.

According to Byabasaijja, Dr. Walugembe passed on the evening of Sunday October 10, at around 10 pm at the hospital where he had been receiving treatment.

On Monday last week, Walugembe was admitted to Mubende hospital with symptoms of ebola after a woman he was attending to at his privately owned clinic, Life Care Medical clinic in Kirungi south division – Mubende municipality died of the same.

“It’s true we have lost another health worker today late afternoon but it’s too sad to lose such important people in the community,” RDC Byabasaijja saids

She further explained that the district task force together with a health surveillance team went ahead and closed doctor Walugembe’s clinic to contain the spread of the virus

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Dr. Walugembe becomes the fifth health worker to succumb to Ebola since the outbreak was announced in Uganda. The first fatality case involving a health worker was reported on September 15 which claimed the life of Kenneth Ssendagi, an enrolled nurse at St Florence medical centre in Ngabano Madudu.

Other medics who have lost lives to Ebola are Ronald Agaba, 23, a health assistant in Kagadi district, Tanzanian trainee doctor Mohamad Ali, and Margaret Nabisubi an anesthetic officer at Mubende regional referral hospital.

Dr. Walugembe’s comes a day after President Museveni announced a lockdown in two districts of Mubende and Kassanda as a way of curbing the disease

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