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Gov’t, WHO Declare Uganda Ebola-free

The government of Uganda and the World Health Organization have jointly declared that there is no single Ebola virus case in the country.

Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and World Health Organization country representative, in a joint statement on Friday evening said there is no confirmed Ebola in the south western district of Kasese and the whole country.

“As of today 05 July 2019, Uganda has not registered any new confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in Kasese district or any part of the country,” said part of the statement.

They added that all the 21 people who were being monitored after getting into contact with the repatriated Ebola patients in Kasese district were confirmed negative on Thursday.

“On 4th July 2019, all people who directly or indirectly came into contact with the confirmed EVD patients completed the mandatory 21 days of follow-up without developing any signs and symptoms of the disease,” said the statement.

The earlier five cases registered in the district were all returned or taken to Democratic Republic of Congo where they originated from or have second families.

They attributed the success of eliminating the disease on the swift response plan.

“Currently, there are no people under follow up which means that EVD transmission in Kasese district has been effectively interrupted by the country’s disease response mechanisms,” added the statement.

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The Minister declared that the country is safe for everyone entering or exiting.

“Therefore, the Ministry of Health reiterates that Uganda is safe and all national and international travellers are free to travel to and within the country.

Meanwhile all travellers from DRC are being screened from Entebbe International Airport and other border entry points.

 

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