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Uganda’s Health Minister in DRC to Discuss Cross Border Collaboration, Response To Ebola

The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has arrived in Goma, DRC with a delegation from Ministry of health and WHO Uganda to attend the Ministerial Meeting on Cross Border Collaboration to prepare for and respond to the Ebola Virus Disease.

Senior officials on the Minister’s delegation include: Director Currative Services, Dr Charles Olaro, Assistant Commissioner Public Health Emergencies Dr Allan Muruta, Mr Atek Kagirita and Head of Red Cross Uganda Mr. Kwesiga Robert and World Health Organisation-Uganda Representative Dr Yonas Tegegn Wolde Mariam.

The meeting is organized by the African Union Commission, Africa CDC, World Health Organization and DRC Ministry of Health.

One year after the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the disease continues to affect highly mobile communities along the Ugandan border at major transit hubs.

According to the International Organization for Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), the majority of people (roughly 40 per cent) crossed the Congolese-Ugandan border last month to engage in economic opportunities. Others crossed over to visit family or buy goods.

The World Health Organization (WHO) urged that borders should not be closed and no restrictions on trade be made when recently declaring the outbreak in DRC a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

 

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