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11 things Uganda is doing to contain the Ebola outbreak

Wednesday June 12, 2019
Five-year-old boy dies from Ebola in Kasese

The isolation centre set up in Bwera, Kasese District where the five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola died from. Photo by Joel Kaguta 

The health ministry on Wednesday confirmed three Ebola cases in Uganda after a five-year-old boy who had travelled with his mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo died at the isolation camp in the western district of Kasese.

There are two new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Kasese, according to the Health ministry.
The confirmed cases include the 50-year-old grandmother and a three-year-old brother to the deceased.
Blood samples were drawn and sent for testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and both samples tested positive for Ebola, according to the ministry of health.

"The ministry of health re-echoes its call on the general public to cooperate with the immigration, health and security officials to ensure effective screening at all entry points to prevent the spread of Ebola to other parts of the country," the ministry's Director General Health Services, Dr Charles Olaro said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

In order to contain the Ebola outbreak, government is working with partners to undertake the following measures;

• The minister of health, director general health services, country representatives, World Health Organisation-Uganda have arrived in Kasese District to assess and evaluate the situation on ground.
• Rapid response teams are on ground to assess the situation and support the district teams to continue with the response activities such as; contact tracing, case management including safe and dignified burial, surveillance, risk communication and psychosocial support.
• The ministry of health and WHO will undertake ring vaccination of contacts to the case and other non-vaccinated frontline health and other workers beginning June 14, 2019.
• The ministry would like to assure the public that the vaccine is very safe and effective and contacts or frontline health and other workers identified for vaccination should willingly take the vaccine for their own and family protection.
• The government of Uganda has developed and finalized a 72-hour costed comprehensive response plan.

• Government appeal to the public
• Always wash your hands with soap and clean water.
• Government of Uganda appeals to communities in all DRC-Uganda border districts to suspend market days, mass gatherings such as in places of worship, burials, wedding.
• Report any suspected cases with signs and symptoms such as unexplained bleeding from anybody openings, vomiting blood, bloody diarrhoea, muscle pain, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain and sudden unexplained death to the nearest health facility.
• Suspend social norms like shaking hands and hugging.
• Avoid touching a patient suspected to have Ebola.