Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the World Health Organization has confirmed that Kasese District, where cases of Ebola were handled in June, is completely Ebola free as per the travel advisory release of 8th August, 2019.
“There are NO cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVB) in Kasese District or any other part of the country. The outbreak however continues to escalate in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo with which Uganda shares a long and porous border. This therefore means that Uganda is still under EVD Threat and the Ministry of Health remains on high alert for any eventualities,” explains Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the health minister.
In a bid to prevent possible importation of the EVD into the country, Ministry of Health together with various partners has put measures in place especially at border entry points where different people from different regions and countries get into Uganda.
Travelers from the Democratic Republic of Congo or anyone with a travel record of less than 21 days to the DRC, have to be screened for Ebola symptoms at Entebbe Airport Health Desk for any signs and symptoms of EVD.
Non-symptomatic passengers are given a screening form which they are supposed to fill which bears information about Ebola and surveillance officers’ contact numbers. Entebbe Airport has also set up an equipped private medical center where Ebola suspects access counseling and screening.
Ministry of Health also urges the public and international travelers to Uganda to refrain from believing in and following unfounded Ebola rumors that circulate on social media but rather check with the official government or Word Health Organization sources to avoid being misinformed.
Community and health facility- based surveillance is still on-going throughout the country with utmost emphasis on the high-risk districts of Kasese in the South Western part of Uganda and Arua in the North.