BWERA, Uganda (AP) – The Isolated Ebola Patient Ward is a tent erected in the garden of the local hospital. Gloves are given moderately to health workers. And when the second guy in this city on the Ugandan border dies after spreading the virus from the neighboring Congo, the hospital has not found a vehicle for a few hours to take away the body.
"We do not really have isolation. – said Bwera Hospital Administrator Pedson Buthalha before The Associated Press. "It's just a tent. To be honest, we can not accommodate more than five people. "
Medical workers who are leading Uganda's efforts against Ebola complain about what they call limited support in the days since the emergence of infected members of the Congolese-Ugandan family that vomits blood. Three have died
While Ugandan authorities praise health workers as "heroes" and say they are ready to keep the virus, some workers disagree, wondering where the million dollars went to prepare for the Ebola if the hospital of the front line lacks basic supplies. "Even gloves are not enough," the hospital administrator said on Thursday.
The World Health Organization said Friday that the Ebola epidemic is a "extraordinary event" of deep concern but still does not deserve to be declared a global emergency. Such a declaration usually generates more funding, resources and political attention. The WHO said it needed $ 54 million to stop the outbreak.
Yet Congo and Uganda seem to be lobbying against a declaration, as the Congo counts Ugandan-related cases like Ebola, saying that Congo is the place where family members have begun developing symptoms, the Ugandan authorities said they were only one case of Ebola left in the country.
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At least two nurses at the Bwera hospital may have been exposed when they offered first aid to the infected family. Since then, they and some other contacts have been quarantined in their homes. The WHO says at least 112 such contacts have been identified in Uganda since the outbreak crossed the border.
A nurse talking on condition of anonymity to avoid possible retribution asked why some people who may have been exposed to Ebola are being resolved
"I wish we could coordinate," said the administrator of the hospital for the obvious confusion about how to manage the outbreak.
Uganda's Health Minister Jane Asen told AP on Saturday that district officials in Cassete were to blame for limited medical supplies after a delay in presenting their budget.
"Obviously, the area's responsibility to order supplies," she said. "If we have not done the orders we can not deliver because we do not know how much they need." As for the modernization of the improvised isolation room in the hospital, she said, "It's not economical. It is not profitable to build permanent structures
Uganda faces a number of outbreaks of the Ebola and is the regional leader in the fight with the Ebola, even if that part of the country has never had an outbreak. Some Ugandan doctors were sent to the West African epidemic from 2013-2016, the deadliest in history.
Health workers in this epidemic already benefit from an experimental but effective vaccine against Ebola, which is widely used, with more than 130,000 doses distributed. Uganda has vaccinated nearly 4,700 health workers, and vaccination begins on Saturday
. Yet, corruption is widespread and many local people are disrespectful of government officials who are not seen. Buried Thursday as one of Ebola's first victims in Uganda, the authorities quickly realized there was no vehicle. The funeral happened several hours later and in the dark, which some residents called signs of the government's flaws.
"This was to be done by the health service, the regional health service," said Moshe Mugisa, a clerk of the border town of Mpondwe-Lhubiriha, who eventually found transport for the corpse.
In addition, he said, voluntary health check-ups for the border guard were not paid for about four months. He criticized the decision by government officials in the capital Kampala to visit only shortly after the announcement of Ebola's first case in Uganda.
"We have got to do a lot of work," he said.
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