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Ebola: Girl’s Body, 5 Other Suspected Patients Sent Back to DRC

Ministry of Health has announced that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) scare that emerged this week in Kasese district is already under control.

On Wednesday, 28th August 2019, health workers in Kasese reported an imported Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), of a 9-year-old female who traveled from Majengo District, of Lubhiriha in the DRC with her mother to seek treatment in Uganda through Mpondwe Main Border post.

The child was immediately identified by the screening team at the entry point due to high fever, body weakness, rash and mouth bleeding and was subsequently isolated and transferred to Bwera Hospital Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) where a case of Ebola was confirmed on the 29th of August.

She later died the following morning of Friday 30th August.

According to the State Minister for Primary Health Care, Joyce Moriku Kaducu, as of Friday, 6pm, the body of the girl had already been repatriated to DRC for a safe dignified burial, together with her mother.

The other Congolese patients that came into contact with her at Bwera hospital ETU were on Thursday transported back to DRC for vaccination and follow up handling.

“We assure Ugandans that throughout the cycle of handling this girl,  at the PoE, as well as  admission at Bwera ETU, all health workers observed the appropriate Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices. Additionally, all our health workers at the border and in the hospital are vaccinated against EVD thus, there is minimal risk of transmission of EVD and there is no threat to the rest of the country,” she said during a press conference held Friday evening at the Ministry.

Minister Kacudu further noted that the Ministry with support from World Health Organisation has already delivered 300 Ebola vaccines to Kasese which will be used to vaccine health workers and contacts of contacts of suspected Ebola patients.

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“We also earlier dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Kasese to support the district teams to continue with the various EVD response activities including, case management, community engagement, contact tracing, psychosocial support and vaccination among others. We can assure Ugandans that the Ministry is fully prepared to handle any cases and contain any epidemic,” she said

She added Bwera town located in Kasese District is situated 472 km from Kampala Capital City and the district has developed full capacity to handle disease outbreaks including EVD. Therefore, this threat poses no major risks to the rest of the country”.

The Minister further urged all Ugandans to cooperate with the health workers, Immigration and Security officials to ensure effective screening at all entry points to prevent the spread of Ebola to other parts of the country but also ensure preventive measure including:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water
  • Avoid direct contact like shaking hands and hugging with any person

suspected or infected with Ebola

  • All persons who have died of Ebola must be buried immediately by a

trained burial team and accorded a safe and dignified burial to prevent

spread of Ebola

  • Remain calm and vigilant and report any suspected

cases to the nearest health facility or call our toll-free number 0800-100-066 for

 

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