This panic is going to go on until government declares the country free of ebola. For the moment, life as many people from Western Uganda knew it will never be the same because of this ebola outbreak.
Following the death of close to 18 people as a result of the current Ebola out break in Western Uganda, it has emerged that patients who before the outbreak of Ebola had been admitted with serious non Ebola health conditions have instead decided to take full responsibility of their health by fleeing away from the Hospital into which the first Ebola victim was admitted. Scores of the nurses who should be treating these patients are themselves under observation or admitted, sick with Ebola. The majority of the patients were seen packing their bags and leaving the wards, saying, they had rather go and die at home.
If you know the manner in which Ebola spreads, then you could possibly appreciate the fears of these Ugandans. Those who have been reported ill with the disease are mostly the relatives and friends who first accompanied the the first patients to the hospital. The other category of the vulnerable contacts are the carers who waited on their loved ones in the Hospital while they were sick. The last vulnerable category are friends and relatives who showed up to attend the funeral.
The government is trying to persuade the patients to return to the hospital but nobody is listening. Even health workers are getting very afraid. People right now do not want social gathering because they know that is the surest way to catch the disease. This panic is going to go on until government declares the country free of Ebola. For the moment, life as many people from Western Uganda knew it will never be the same again because of this Ebola outbreak.