The International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the Kingfisher Development Area in Kikuube District have halted works in the area due to an Ebola virus scare.
This comes after the death of a suspected Ebola Patient at the Buhuka Health Centre in Buhuka sub-county, Kikuube District on Saturday 20th July 2019.
Reports from the area indicate that the said patient who had Ebola signs was a Congolese national who was admitted on Friday before his death on Saturday.
Following this development, all activities in the Oil and Gas Sector in the area have been suspended until further notice. CNOOC Uganda that has a camp in the area has since closed off its camp to any outsiders and instructed all its staff to stay within the camp.
The Petroleum Authority Of Uganda has also passed a similar caution to its staff to suspend any activities in the area.
Dr. Joseph Kobusheshe, the Director Environment, ICT and Data Management in his communication to all the PAU staff, revealed that the victim was a fisherman living within the area.
“This person was a Congolese national but residing in Uganda at Senjonjo landing site located on the southern edge of Buhuka flats. He had traveled to DRC and returned to Uganda when he felt sick. Samples were collected for further analysis at the Uganda Virus Research Institute. We are currently in touch with the Ministry of Health awaiting the results,” said Dr. Kobusheshe.
Dr. Kobusheshe further says as a precautionary measure, all CNOOC activities within Kingfisher Development Area have been stopped and no entry or exit allowed at Bugoma camp until the Ministry of Health confirms the findings of the analysis.
“This is therefore to request you to halt all planned field activities to Kingfisher Development Area until further notice. We shall keep you informed of any further developments”, Dr. Kobusheshe warned.
The Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report for the Kingfisher Development Area that is being developed by CNOOC on behalf of the Joint Venture Partners (JVPs) Tullow, Total E&P and UNOC was recently shared with the public in two separate Public Hearings in Kikuube and Hoima.