WHO Boosts Uganda’s Preparedness for Ebola

The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated to the Ministry of Health 52 motorcycles to strengthen surveillance in districts, illness cure a motor vehicle in support of gender and human rights program and equipment to be used in the Emergence Operations Centre to monitor diseases of epidemic potential.

Dr. Ellioda Tumwesigye, viagra buy Minister of Health who received the items, troche thanked WHO for supporting the country’s efforts on immunisable diseases through the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI) regional supervision teams.

Dr Tumwesigye noted that the motorcycles would boost the movement of district health officials to remote areas as they carry out surveillance work.

He emphasized the government’s heightened commitment and determination to ensure prevention, preparedness and appropriate response to disease epidemics.

Handing over the equipment the WHO Country Representative, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, said the equipment is a “modest contribution from WHO to support the District Health Officers and strengthen their capacity” to move in different areas of their districts. Dr Alemu highlighted the impressive performance of Africa in polio eradication noting that “for the last eight months, Africa has not reported any wild polio cases.”

Dr. Alemu further underscored WHO’s commitment to supporting reproductive health improvement and Ebola preparedness alluding to the vehicle and equipment donated for those purposes, respectively.

The Commissioner National Disease Control in the Ministry of Health Dr. Alex Opio, stressed the importance of disease surveillance as well as the importance of data collection from different districts, which will be eased by the donated motorcycles.

He thanked WHO for the contribution and promised proper use of the equipment.


Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI) is responsible for ensuring that all the eligible children and women in the reproductive age group are immunized according to the Ugandan schedule. Uganda’s target just like the rest of the world is to eradicate polio by 2018.

To meet the above requirement, supervision teams have been set up throughout the country to ensure effective supervision in all districts. WHO supports this process through provision of technical assistance and advice.

The donated motorcycles, vehicle and equipment will boost this support further.

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