The Ministries of Health of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control have come up with 5 initial strategies to curtail Ebola spread in Uganda.
The strategies were drawn on Wednesday during the first high level meeting on Ebola in Kasese district where two people have been confirmed dead and 3 other cases are being managed.
The Kasese engagement was attended by Uganda Helath Minister, Ruth Jane Aceng, WHO Country Representative, Dr. Yonas Tegegn and teams from CDC Washington and the government of DRC.
According to statement from Aceng, the resolutions are mainly centered on monitoring of movements, vaccination of endangered persons and management of patients.
“We have come with resolutions including strengthening surveillance especially at the non-designated points of entry, continue quick sharing of information to support the response and begin ring vaccination of contacts and frontline health workers other workers with the 400 doses of vaccines donated by the DRC,” said Aceng.
Other resolutions included repatriation upon receiving consent of the 6 patients as DRC has medicines for therapeutic treatment from which they could benefit & they have relatives in DRC and signing of Memorandum of Understanding signed with DRC on cross border movements of patients.
By Wednesday afternoon, the Ministry had confirmed of confirmed 3 Ebola cases with one fatality but the number has since gone to 5 and fatalities reached two. Also a total of 7 suspects were being monitored by Wednesday afternoon while 50 contacts were listed for follow up.
Minister Aceng thanked her DRC counterpart, Dr. Oly Ilunga whom she has been in regular contact with since the outbreak of Ebola in the neighboring country.