World Food Programme(WFP) has donated 5 ambulances to the Ministry of Health aiming at easing the monitoring of high risk Ebola districts.
The high risk Ebola districts are those bordering Uganda and Congo like Bundibugyo, Kasese, Ntoroko, Kanungu and Bunyangabo.
According to the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the ambulances will guide and enhance their preparedness and response activity in Ebola.
“I wish to extend mu humble appreciation to WFP and UKaid for the ambulances they will be deployed in Bundibugyo, Bunyangabo, Kanungu , Kasese and Ntoroko” she said.
Hon Aceng added that these ambulances will help transport suspected cases from the point of identification to isolation unit.
“We have handled over 500 Ebola threats since the outbreak but none has tested positive for the virus so far”.
The five ambulances were procured with funding from UKaid and handed over to Dr Aceng by the British High Commissioner to Uganda Peter West at the Ministry headquarters.
Last year Democratic Republic of Congo was hit by the deadly Ebola virus and they recorded that over 1,029 cases and over 642 deaths.
Uganda’s medical officers have been on stand by at all boarder points ensuring Ebola preparedness and response activities.