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WHO, Irish Embassy Donate 2 Vehicles for Ebola Surveillance

The World Health Organization and the Embassy of Ireland in Uganda have donated two multipurpose vehicles to strengthen surveillance and curtailing of Ebola in the country.

The vehicles were delivered to the Ministry of Health headquarters Kampala on Friday, a few days after Ebola cases were registered in the country.

The vehicles are expected to be taken to the South Western district of Kasese, which borders the Eastern Democratic of Congo, where over 2000 cases of Ebola have been recorded since late last year.

Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, who received the vehicles, said the donation came at the material time.

“This timely donation will help in boosting surveillance and logistics during the Ebola response phase,” said Aceng.

WHO and Ireland also donated 30 motorcycles to the Ministry in March this year to intensify surveillance.

Aceng revealed during the ceremony that Uganda now has only one Ebola suspect after the other two suspected patients tested negative.

“We have only 1 suspect case in isolation in Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit. Out of the three suspects we had yesterday, 2 tested negative for Ebola while results are pending for the one suspect case in isolation,” she added.

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The Minister appealed to Ugandans to avoid shaking hands, body contact and mass gatherings.

She also warned Ugandans to observe preventive measures like regularly washing hands with soap, jik and water.

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