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What to know as second health worker succumbs to Ebola

On Friday, Uganda announced two patients had recovered from Ebola Virus and were already discharged from the hospital.
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Dr Ali has died. Courtesy photo.

Last Updated on: 1st October 2022, 01:28 pm

Ali’s death now brings the total number of lives lost to the Ebola virus to seven.


By Christine Awor

Kampala – Oct. 1, 2022: A medical Doctor working at Mubende National Referral Hospital succumbed to the Ebola virus Saturday morning.

Dr Mohammed Ali died today at 3:15 am, according to the health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero.

Ali was a 37-year-old Tanzanian national, and he tested positive for Ebola on September 26, 2022, and died while receiving treatment at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital’s isolation facility, also according to the health minister.

Ali is the first Doctor and second health worker to succumb to the virus. The first, according to Dr Jane Ruth Aceng was a midwife from St. Florence Clinic, a probable case because she died before testing.

“Very sad to learn about the demise of our gallant surgeon. My Condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. However, we shall defeat the virus,” the Ministry of Health’s senior PRO, Emmanuel Ainebyoona wrote on Twitter.

“It is with great sorrow that we have received the news of the passing of Dr Mohammad Ali, 37 years old Tanzanian national who has been pursuing a Master of Medicine in Surgery at Kampala International University. Dr Ali lost the battle to the Ebola Virus Disease. MHSRIP,” the Association of Surgeons of Uganda Tweeted

His death now brings the total number of lives lost to the Ebola virus to seven, with some 16 admissions and 35 cumulative cases, according to the Ministry of Health’s current statistics.

On Friday, Uganda announced two patients had recovered from Ebola Virus and were already discharged from the hospital.

Earlier on Saturday, the Health Ministry held a high-level meeting with the Diplomatic Community and partners to assess the current Ebola situation and discuss priority areas to see ways forward of bridging gaps in the Ebola response.

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