Thursday, December 13, 2007
Ebola Survivors - 2 Bundibugyo Health Workers
Dr. Steven Sessanga, the Medical Superintendent of Bundibugyo Hospital, was formally discharged as an Ebola survivor yesterday. President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, called him on the phone yesterday to congratulate him on his recovery. His illness lasted for nearly two weeks. His exposure occurred during his care for Mr. Muhindo Jeremiah, the same patient from which Dr. Jonah contracted the Ebola virus.
Issac, a nursing assistant at the Kikyo Health Unit also recovered from a prolonged illness due to Ebola infection. His severe vomiting and diarrhea resulted in his need for 61 bottles of IV fluid. He's currently back on the job, effectively immunized and safe from any infection from the Ebola-Bundibugyo strain (the title of the strain has not yet been determined).
District officials would like to capitalize on the fact that some patients--even health workers--are surviving Ebola. There's a tremendous resistance to admission to either Isolation Ward, as it is perceived as a death sentence. The experience of these two heroes challenges that fear.