When Godfrey and his wife Jennifer died with vomiting and fever, their first thought was Ebola. Their neighbors also had the same fear in Mohandati, a small village in Kasi province of Uganda. But thanks to their training on community monitoring, they all knew what to do.
Godfrey and Jennifer have alerted the health team in their village who contacted the local Ebola alert team.
They agreed that the couple should be admitted to the separation and treatment unit at the Puere Hospital for examination with their two children (age 6 and 4).
When a family of four members of the Ebola Treatment Unit left after 48 hours, it was with some fear.
Fortunately, it was revealed that Godfrey and his family were suffering from more serious illness than food poisoning. But when he was happy to be free from the Ebola virus, he was not sure how to treat his community.
Their community is very scared because the regions torn by Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo are crossing the porous borders.
In June, the first Ebola virus cases in Uganda were confirmed in a family that had recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo. The three patients died.
Communities in the area have been sensitive to Ebola’s symptoms and treatment, and despite the fear of illness, they understand that community monitoring is important to save lives.
The health ministry’s psychologist, Cattle Bogger, said, “They are Ebola-free, and the next step for the family is to re-establish them in the community so that no one thinks they have fled from the treatment center.”
The road of Mohindi village is located along a steep road and leads to Mount Ruinsuri. In the village, people eagerly waited. As he got out of his family car, he stood at a distance.
A leader of the village and a senior member of the family goes forward and then suddenly stops, it is not certain what to do – hand shaking, hugging or hugging.
Moves forward to manage the banana position.
“Get close to me because I brought you good news,” she raised her voice to listen to everyone. “Your people do not have Ebola virus, I have sent them back to you.”
Suddenly the family members got further success. They hugged and pulled the children out of Jennifer’s arms. Emphasis was peeping and chattering. Expressing gratitude for their safe return, they took them away.
“We got nervous because the worst happened to our community,” said the head of the village Bogonja Johnson. Everyone scared Thank you for reassuring us and returning them to us. ”
Everyone gathered around him because Killet told what happened. He appreciated the leadership of the village and family so that the right decisions can be taken to allow the family members to be separated from the Ebola virus tests to protect the rest of society.
“After the results are good, we should be cautious against Ebola,” Kyle said. “We must fight together with Ebola through openness.”
Godfrey told his friends and family about his experience in the Ebola Treatment Unit.
A community based community monitoring system is being built with a joint effort of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Health Ministry and other partners, so that the cases of suspected Ebola infection can be reported quickly.
These efforts give results when the community takes responsibility for fighting the disease.
“We are very happy to see many communities as being part of this process,” Kaisey’s WHO team leader Dr. Felix Okum said.
There are currently no cases of Ebola infection in Uganda. The country is constantly vigilant.