Uganda’s Ministry of Health has called on development partners to continue supporting the country’s fight against the Ebola virus.
Ministry officials this morning met with donors and partners at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala to give an update on the actions regarding the preparedness to tackle Ebola since 1st August 2018.
The ministry also shared with donors and partners the Phase II plan which comprises of preparedness and response in the districts where there was the Ebola outbreak.
Addressing the press about the Phase II plan which was presented to donors today, the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said they are seeking to mobilize $17.6 million, (about 64.6 billion shillings) both for preparedness in other districts, but also to conclude response in Kasese and continue surveillance in Alur which is also a high risk area.
The response to Ebola is heavily supported by donors especially World Health Organization.
Aceng highlighted some of the achievements that were reached using $18.6million that was donated to the ministry in the first phase.
Among these, she said, is heavy investment towards surveillance, training of human resources; diagnosis, construction of laboratory station in Kasese, investment in vaccinations training of lab personnel, vacation of over 600 heath workers in the 5 high risk districts among others.
She reemphasized that WHO and the ministry have not declared Uganda Ebola free yet.
“We cannot do that as long as the outbreak in DRC continues. As long as DRC is not safe and free from Ebola, we cannot say that we are safe in Uganda” she said
The WHO representative and head of mission in Uganda Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam at the event reemphasized that as long as DRC is not declared Ebola Free, the disease will still be a threat to Uganda.
He added that Uganda has done a lot in getting prepared but added that the country is not 100% free from the deadly disease.
“It’s our responsibility that we detect early. We have been doing a lot in protecting Health workers so that they are able to protect themselves while tackling the disease,” he added