Ebola: Rwanda, Kenya On High Alert

order geneva; font-size: small;”>Uganda’s Ministry of Health and WHO confirmed an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Kibale district in Western Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

stomach geneva;”>Twenty people have been affected so far and 14 people have died.

Kibale district is approximately 300 Km from the Rwandan border and specifically the districts of Musanze, Nyagatare, Gicumbi and Burera.

“Due to high traffic and population movements, there is risk that Ebola can be imported to Rwanda at any time,” government said in a statement.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a highly contagious disease transmitted from person to person and characterised by fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pains and bleeding from all orifices.

“Though no case has been reported in Rwanda for the last 15 years, government has put in place measures aimed at protecting Rwandans from this deadly disease but is also cautioning Rwandans to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases immediately,” the statement further read.

“Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners and through the emergency preparedness team is taking actions for preparedness and response to prevent potential health risks that might be caused by the deadly disease.”

Specifically, the Ministry of Health has issued alert warnings to all health centres on how to detect and handle cases should they arise.


The Ministry is also training health care providers especially in districts neighbouring Uganda on case management and preventive measures.

In addition, all the necessary kits and medical supplies needed have been assembled and dispatched to health facilities in the bordering districts.

What is required from the public?

• To immediately seek medical attention at the nearest health facility in case of suspicion of Ebola

• Any person who visited Uganda and had contact with someone presenting signs and symptoms of Ebola should immediately inform the nearest health facility

Current situation

No cases of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever have so far been reported in Rwanda. The Ministry of Health has elaborated plans to effectively respond should the disease occur within our borders.

“We request the public to stay calm and continue business as usual,” added the statement

Kenyan government also put its national on alert yesterday to avoid Ebola by avoiding physical contact as much as they could.

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