Thursday, December 20, 2007
Ebola Bundibugyo, Thursday numbers
A small milestone. The last death occurred one week ago, 13th December. The beauty of the line graph above is the flattening of that slope on the right. A whole week without an Ebola death...that's a cause for celebration.
-Cumulative cases: 131
-Cumulative deaths: 34 (CFR=25.9%)
-Current admissions: Bundibugyo Hospital 2, with 1 new admission, no discharges and no deaths. Kikyo Health Unit has 4 inpatients, with no new admissions, 1 discharge and no deaths.
Contacts: 571 of which 432 are being followed-up. 94 have completed their 21 day incubation count-down. 89% of contacts were seen today.
Issues discussed in the evening briefing:
-World Food Programme will be giving a generous package to the families of all Ebola patients: 75 kg of corn meal, 11 kg of dry peas, 3.7 kg (one can) of vegetable oil, 14 kg of corn-soya blend, and 3 kg of sugar.
- The Batwa (a.k.a., the pygmies) have appealed to the LC5 Chairman because they are "bad off" because of Ebola. They claim that they depend on the income generated from tourists who have stopped coming to Bundibugyo because of Ebola and that they are starving. In fact, the Queen Pygmy has deserted her husband, the King, because he is not providing for her. Abdicating the throne because of hunger...things are bad in Bundibugyo. The Task Force requested that their request be redirected to other donors so as not to confuse our mandate which is to treat and prevent Ebola infection.
-The Democratic Republic of Congo has closed the border to incoming traffic. Congolese citizens may enter Uganda freely, but not re-enter the DRC. Congolese nationals who want to re-enter their country from Uganda are being admitted to Isolation Tents whether they are sick or not. Unnecesary, extreme, mis-informed.
Jonah's wife, Melen, and her family returned from their outlying farm to their small concrete home in Nyahuka last night. Melen, Sofia and Jonah's mother wept all evening. Pat slept with them and read Scripture to them all morning until the stream of visitors began which lasted all day.