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200 Suspected Ebola Samples Test Negative

Ministry of Health has come out to reaffirm that no case of Ebola has been confirmed in Uganda.

Uganda has been on high alert ever since the deadly virus was confirmed in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces on August 1, 2018.

According to the Director General Health Services Dr Henry G Mwebesa, over the last two months, the Ministry through the Uganda Virus Research Institute has investigated and tested over 220 samples collected from suspected cases.

“All these have tested negative of Ebola, Marburg or Sosuga virus and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests,” Dr Mwebesa said.

He revealed that as of 16th October 2018, all blood samples including that collected from a 48-year-old Congolese female who presented with bleeding at Bwera hospital also tested negative.

While addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre, Dr Mwebesa added that the Ministry and partners are supporting the districts bordering DRC to heighten preparedness and readiness to handle any Ebola case that might come into Uganda.

Currently a high-level delegation from the Independent Oversight Advisory Committee of World Health Organization Geneva is in the country and they are visiting the border districts of Kasese, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo and Kabarole to assess further the level of Uganda’s preparedness.

Some of the measures Uganda has implemented to control any transmission and spread of the diseases into Uganda include screening of all people crossing from DRC into Uganda for signs and symptoms of Ebola.

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Communities have been sensitized about Ebola and are vigilant and reporting any suspicious Ebola case.

Health workers have been trained to manage safely any suspected or confirmed case of Ebola.

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