Ebola took the life of the first doctor, a Tanzanian student studying in Uganda.
Dr Jane Ruth Ocero, Uganda’s Health Minister, made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday.
“I regret to announce that we have lost our first doctor, Dr Mohammed Ali, a Tanzanian National,” she wrote.
Ali was 37 years old at the time. He passed away at 3:15 a.m.
On September 26, 2022, he tested positive for Ebola and died while receiving treatment at Fort Portal RRH, Isolation facility (JMedic) in Uganda.
He is the first doctor and the second health worker to die. The first was a midwife from St. Florence Clinic, who died before testing, according to Ocero.
Ali was a Masters of Medicine in Surgery student at Kampala International University.
The death toll from Uganda’s Ebola outbreak has risen to eight.
President Yoweri Museveni has ruled out a state of emergency in order to contain the highly contagious virus.
Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever that is often fatal. It was named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where it was discovered in 1976.
Human transmission occurs via bodily fluids, with the most common symptoms being fever, vomiting, bleeding, and diarrhoea.