The Director General, Health Services at the Ministry of Health, Henry Mwebesa has dismissed social media claims that there is an outbreak of Ebola in Uganda.
Recently there were reports in the media that cases of Ebola had been confirmed in some parts of the country like Kasese and Entebbe.
“We do not have, and have not had any case of Ebola in Uganda since last year,” Dr Mwebesa said during a media training today at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala.
Dr. Mwebesa said the ministry has received/ been alerted over 600 suspected cases since August when Ebola broke out in the neighboring Republic of Congo, however were investigated and found to be Negative.
“The false information that there are Ebola cases has caused a very negative false image for Uganda that is scaring away tourists. This needs to clarified,” he said.
Mwebesa further noted that the false alarm could have originated from drills that the ministry held to test its employees’ preparedness to counterattack an Ebola outbreak in case it happened.
“We imagined cases of Ebola outbreaks in Kasese and Entebbe and wanted to test the preparedness of our staff to control the outbreak in case it was real, however this information was availed to the media,” he added.
The ministry is planning on sensitisation programs in Ngulu district and other regions about the causes, signs and preventions of Ebola and other viral fevers.