Uganda is Ebola free – says Ministry of Health

Health officials disinfects a home in Uganda. Courtesy photo.

By David Okema

Kampala – The Ministry of Health (MoH) has clarified that there is no case of Ebola in the country, and called upon general public not to panic.

Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, the director General Health Services in Ministry of Health announced in a press statement on Tuesday, 16th, October, 2018.

Recently there has been serious panic among Ugandans due to several claims of Ebola following the confirmation of a case by Ministry of Health of Democratic Republic of Congo in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces on 1, August, 2018.

In the past two months, Uganda MOH through Uganda Virus Research Institute has been investigating over 220 samples collected from suspects and alert cases.

But all the 220 cases as of yesterday, according to Dr Mwebesa, tested negative of any Ebola strains (Ebola Zaire, Ebola Sudan and Ebola Bundibugyo), Marburg or Sosuga virus using Polymerase Chain Reaction-PCR.

“As of 16/10/2018 all blood samples including that of a 48 year old Congolese female  who presented with bleeding at Bwera hospital also tested negative by PCR for all the above set of Viral Hemorrhagic fever viruses. She has been managed for Malaria and has improved,” the press statement reads in part.

He however stated that as of now MOH together with partners is aiding the district bordering DRC to heighten preparedness and readiness to manage any Ebola case that may come into the Uganda from the neighboring countries.

That, currently, a high level of delegation from the Independent Oversight Advisory Committee of World Health Organization-Geneva is in the country and together with the WHO country team and MOH officials are visiting the border districts of Kasese, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, and Kabarole to assess the level of Uganda’s EVD preparedness.

MOH further advised the public to stop panicking because they are prepared to control Ebola should it cross to the country, and also cautioning people to be vigilant to report any rumor, suspected or alert case to nearest hospital.

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