'Death every day': Fear and fortitude in Uganda's Ebola epicentre | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

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'Death every day': Fear and fortitude in Uganda's Ebola epicentre | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

'Death every day': Fear and fortitude in Uganda's Ebola epicentre | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

As Ugandan farmer Bonaventura Senyonga prepares to bury his grandson, age-old traditions are forgotten and fear hangs in the air while a government medical team prepares the body for the funeral -- the latest victim of Ebola in the East African nation.

As Ugandan farmer Bonaventura Senyonga prepares to bury his grandson, age-old traditions are forgotten and fear hangs in the air while a government medical team prepares the body for the funeral — the latest victim of Ebola in the East African nation.Nigerian cleric Apostle Johnson Suleman SIR: Whether it is the relationship of Nigerians to one another or in their daily relations with security agents, many times, life has been snuffed out of Nigerians and because there were no consequences, those who snuffed life out with no justification returned to snuff out life from others.Nonso Onwuzulike It said in a statement that the appointment recognised Faseun’s exploit in human capital and workplace advocacy and its direct link to Earnipay’s mission of improving the financial well-being of income earners and businesses in Africa through on-demand technology solutions.Share on Telegram by Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 08 November 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- I have long been a believer that companies can drive sustainable positive impact when they connect purpose to their core business operations.

Bidding the dead goodbye is rarely a quiet affair in Uganda, where the bereaved seek solace in the embrace of community members who converge on their homes to mourn the loss together.Not this time.Everyday, all over the country, news break of how people were attacked and killed, or their properties completely destroyed by those who should ordinarily be cooling their heels in jail.Instead, 80-year-old Senyonga is accompanied by just a handful of relatives as he digs a grave on the family’s ancestral land, surrounded by banana trees.“Yemi is currently the chief talent officer at YF Talent Partners, where he works with clients to drive talent and business transformation agenda.“At first we thought it was a joke or witchcraft but when we started seeing bodies, we realised this is real and that Ebola can kill,” Senyonga told AFP.On Friday, October 21, 2022 gunmen attacked the convoy of Apostle Johnson Suleman near Auchi on his way from Benin City after arriving from Tanzania.His 30-year-old grandson Ibrahim Kyeyune was a father of two girls and worked as a motorcycle mechanic in central Kassanda district, which together with neighbouring Mubende is at the epicentre of Uganda’s Ebola crisis.When those actions are a central part of your day to day operations, the likelihood of sustained success is much greater.

Both districts have been under a lockdown since mid-October, with a dawn to dusk curfew, a ban on personal travel and public places shuttered.In the attacks, which have since sent shockwaves coursing around the country, about seven people were said to have been killed.” The statement said he is also the founder of The YF Network.The reappearance of the virus after three years has sparked fear in Uganda, with cases now reported in the capital Kampala as the highly contagious disease makes its way through the country of 47 million people.In all, 53 people have died, including children, out of more than 135 cases, according to the latest Ugandan health ministry figures.As usual, the gruesome attacks have sent Nigerians into an overdrive of reactions with many questioning the security available to life and property in Nigeria and expressing their utter dissatisfaction at the level of insecurity.In Kassanda’s impoverished Kasazi B village, everyone is afraid, says Yoronemu Nakumanyanga, Kyeyune’s uncle.“Ebola has shocked us beyond what we imagined.In the aftermath of the heinous attack on innocent lives and property, Apostle Suleman had ascribed his survival to God`s saving power.It increases the visibility of the social enterprises and encourages organisations to divert some of their spend toward these social enterprises, for example for end-of-year gifts, or IT and HR services.

We see and feel death every day,” he told AFP at his nephew’s gravesite.“I know when the body finally arrives, people in the neighbourhood will start running away, thinking the Ebola virus spreads through the air,” he said.Usually, while the employer escapes unhurt or with minimum injuries, the employees either lose their lives or suffer life-changing injuries.Ebola is not airborne — it spreads through bodily fluids, with common symptoms being fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhoea.But misinformation remains rife and poses a major challenge.They must never be seen to have been needlessly put at risk.In some cases, victims’ relatives have exhumed their bodies after medically supervised burials to perform traditional rituals, triggering a spike in infections.The intention now is to widen that base and continue to look at opportunities to find local social enterprises that can provide the daily services required to run the SAP business.

In other instances, patients have sought out witchdoctors for help instead of going to a health facility — a worrying trend that prompted President Yoweri Museveni last month to order traditional healers to stop treating sick people.Kene Obiezu (Twitter: @kenobiezu).“We have embraced the fight against Ebola and complied with President Museveni’s directive to close our shrines for the time being,” said Wilson Akulirewo Kyeya, a leader of the traditional herbalists in Kassanda.– ‘I saw them die’ – The authorities are trying to expand rural health facilities, installing isolation and treatment tents inside villages so communities can access medical attention quickly.But fear of Ebola runs deep.Brian Bright Ndawula, a 42-year-old trader from Mubende, was the sole survivor among four family members who were diagnosed with the disease, losing his wife, his aunt and his four-year-old son.

“When we were advised to go to the hospital to have an Ebola test we feared going into isolation… and being detained,” he told AFP.But when their condition worsened and the doctor treating them at the private clinic also began showing symptoms, he realised they had contracted the dreaded virus.“I saw them die and knew I was next but God intervened and saved my life,” he said, consumed by regret over his decision to delay getting tested.“My wife, child and aunt would be alive, had we approached the Ebola team early enough.” – ‘Greatest hour of need’ – Today, survivors like Ndawula have emerged as a powerful weapon in Uganda’s fight against Ebola, sharing their experiences as a cautionary tale but also as a reminder that patients can survive if they receive early treatment.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng urged recovered patients in Mubende to spread the message that “whoever shows signs of Ebola should not run away from medical workers but instead run towards them, because if you run away with Ebola, it will kill you.” It is an undertaking many in this community have taken to heart.Doctor Hadson Kunsa, who contracted the disease while treating Ebola patients, told AFP he was terrified when he received his diagnosis.“I pleaded to God to give me a second chance and told God I will leave Mubende after recovery,” he said.But he explained he could not bring himself to do it.

“I will not leave Mubende and betray these people at the greatest hour of need.” In this article.

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