PAKWACH. Tests carried out on samples of a 13-year-old Congolese girl who died at Dei health centre II in Panyimur Sub-county, Pakwach district has tested negative.

The tests were carried out at the government analytical laboratory in Kampala on Wednesday following the sudden death of the teenager who had come for fishing along with her relatives on Lake Albert.

Her death after developing Ebola-like symptoms caused panic among health workers and the community around which prompted district authorities to rush in the area to establish facts on the ground.

According to Mr Paul Ajal, the acting Pakwach district health officer, a team of health response unit from the district rushed to save the situation and got the samples which were sent to Kampala and tested negative.

He said teams of health units are in Dei assessing the situation as the centre is likely to be a hot spot for rapid infections due to its proximity to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He, however, advised the communities to be vigilant and report any person developing initial symptoms like fever, headache muscle pain and internal bleeding as well development of red eyes and vomiting to the health authorities.

Ebola virus disease is a severe illness that is spread through contact with the body fluids of a person sick with the disease (fluids such as vomit, faeces or blood).

First symptoms are similar to other diseases and thus require vigilant health and community workers, especially in areas where there is Ebola transmission, to help make the diagnosis.

Mr Nicolas Opar, the village chairperson of Dei central expressed concern over the long porous border which he said are not manned and the Congolese use them for entry and exit without screening.

The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) last Tuesday confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda.

Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The confirmed case is a 5-year-old child from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who travelled with his family on 9th June 2019.

The child and his family entered the country through Bwera Border post and sought medical care at Kagando hospital where health workers identified Ebola as a possible cause of illness.

The child was transferred to Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit for management. The confirmation was made on Tuesday by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI).

The Ministry of Health has appealed to the general public and health workers to work together closely, to be vigilant and support each other in helping anyone with symptoms to receive care quickly