Marburg: WHO Dispatches Experts To Uganda

prescription geneva; font-size: small;”>Dr Joachim Saweka WHO representative in Uganda told UN radio’s Patrick Maigua that special teams of doctors would be sent to different parts of the country to reinforce Ministry of Health officials’ efforts to combat the fast spreading disease.

“Teams shall be sent to all districts affected by the disease for social mobilization, mobilizing religious leaders and local authorities to sensitize people about Marburg,” said Saweka.

He further said Uganda needs to be supported to adequately detect and follow up on cases of the deadly disease that has so far took eight lives.

“I wish to clarify that since the onset of the outbreak, we have collected a total of 45 samples of which nine were confirmed positive; five in Kabale, two in Kampala and two from Ibanda,” said the Health Minister Dr Christine Ondoa on Monday.

The first case of the deadly viral case was reported on October 19 in Kabale district of south western Uganda.

To date the at least 20 cases have been reported in at least five districts including the capital Kampala.

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