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Wednesday, 6 December, 2000, 15:51 GMT
Compensation for Ebola deaths
Ebola patients at Lacor hospital in Gulu, Uganda
Ebola spreads through contact with infected bodily fluids
The Ugandan Government says it will pay compensation to the families of health workers who have died while treating victims of the deadly Ebola virus.

Up to 15 health workers have died during the current outbreak which is known to have killed more than 150 people.

The government says it will also send extra staff to back up workers to the northern town of Gulu, which has been at the centre of the three-month epidemic.

The announcement comes after the death on Tuesday of the Ugandan doctor, Matthew Lukwiya, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the disease.

Museveni's pledge

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni pledged that the government would ensure that the families of the health workers who died caring for Ebola patients will be compensated and assisted.

Nurse at Lacor hospital in Gulu, Uganda
Nurses demand risk allowance for Ebola workers
He contributed 5m shillings ($2,800) to assist the family of Dr Lokwiya who was burried on Tuesday.

Mr Museveni said the government would do everything possible to stop the Ebola outbreak and protect and save the lives of Ugandans.

Dr Lokwiya's death brings to 15 the number of medical workers who have died from Ebola.

Eight more have been admitted to Masindi and Gulu hospitals with symptoms of the disease which is characterised by high fever, muscle pain and massive haemorrhaging.

On Monday, Uganda's nurses demanded that the government pay danger money to Ebola workers.

Representatives of various nursing organisations are travelling to Lacor in Gulu on Thursday to hold a memorial service for colleagues who have died.

Ebola, named after the river where it was first identified in DR Congo (then Zaire) in 1976, is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids.

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