Aceng said Uganda already built capacity in the districts bordering DRC and that preparedness efforts were beefed following the reported death in DRC’s Ariwara area almost 460 kilometer north of DRC’s North Kivu province. A team of Ebola vaccinators was dispatched from Kasese district to beef up the vaccination of the front-line health workers in Arua and neighbouring districts.
She says it is important the districts along the Uganda-DRC borderline especially Arua, Maracha and Yumbe among others mobilize and sensitize the communities about the latest Ebola threat from Congo.
The World Health Organization’s latest report said no Ebola virus disease cases or deaths have been reported in Uganda since the previous deaths in Kasese district on June 12. The report says as of 26 June, 108 exposed contacts had been identified, and they were in the process of completing the 21-day follow-up period.
All the contacts according to the WHO have not shown any symptoms of Ebola to date and that all the 14 suspected cases tested negative for Ebola Virus Disease. Meanwhile, WHO says the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo continued with a steady transmission intensity this week.
It said the current hotspots are the DRC’s health zones of Beni, Mabalako, and Mandima, with some cases being exported from these hotspot areas into unaffected health zones.