Some sections of the media are awash with rumors of ‘Ebola in Mbarara District.’ The Ministry of Health has clarified that there is no confirmed case of Ebola in Mbarara District.
The ministry also stated in a press release that the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital does not have any patient admitted in the ETU at the moment.
“As of today, Uganda has not registered any new confirmed Ebola case in Kasese District or any other part of Uganda since the last registered case four days ago.”
“There are 2 new suspect cases who are under isolation at Bwera ETU. Blood samples were withdrawn from the suspect cases and sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for testing and results are pending,” reads the statement.
Currently, 92 contacts to the confirmed Ebola cases in Kagando and Bwera are being followed up daily.
Ring vaccination of contacts of the confirmed Ebola cases, as well as non-vaccinated frontline health and other workers, commenced on Saturday 15th June 2019.
As of Monday 17th June, a total of 128 contacts and non-vaccinated Frontline and health have been vaccinated.
According to the ministry, there are 3 total confirmed cases of Ebola who include; 5 year index case from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), his 50 year old grandmother both who passed on at Bwera ETU and the 3 year old boy, brother to the index case who tested positive for Ebola and was under isolation at Bwera ETU passed on in DRC.
Meanwhile, on Monday 17th June, the World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus held bilateral talks with the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, to discuss potential interventions to end the Ebola outbreak both in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in Kasese District.
Dr. Tedros arrived in Uganda on Sunday, 16th June 2019, after visiting Butembo and Katwa- areas affected by the outbreak in North Kivu province in Eastern DRC.
During his brief to President Museveni about the situation in Eastern DRC, Dr Tedros reiterated WHO’s ongoing support to the Government of Uganda to control the Ebola outbreak.
“I am pledging our continued support, in order to control this outbreak as soon as possible” he said.