Rwenzururu Kingdom Queen Mother Christine Mukirania, 85, who passed on this week, will receive a short burial ceremony in Kasese, Western Uganda, due to the Ebola outbreak in the area.
So far two people have died of Ebola which was brought to Uganda by a 5-year-old boy who traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with his mother on Monday, June 10, 2019.
Health Minister, Dr Ruth Aceng says guidelines are being prepared for the burial of Mukirania as measure to counter the possible spread of Ebola.
Aceng yesterday met with Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu officials during which both parties agreed that all the kingdom executive and the Organizing committee members will be sensitized before the burial.
“Our teams will support arrangement at the burial and put in place infection control measures and materials,” said Aceng.
She added: “The entire ceremony will be as short as possible.”
The public is being urged to wash hands with soap and clean water. Communities along the DRC-Uganda border have been told to suspend market days, mass gatherings and report any suspected cases with sighs such as unexplained bleeding from any body openings, vomiting blood, bloody diarrhea, muscle pain, headache, fatigue and abdominal pain to the nearest health facility.
The Ministry of Health also called for the suspension of social norms such as shaking hands hugging and avoid touching a patient suspected to have Ebola.