Jinja district, eastern Uganda has confirmed two more confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), bringing to three the total number of confirmed cases.
According to the deputy resident district Commissioner, Mohammed Kigongo, the latest cases include the daughter of Dan Waiswa, who succumbed to Ebola last week, and her 18-month-old daughter, both residents of Kayalwe B village in Buyengo town council.
Kigongo says that the patients are currently admitted at the Entebbe-based national Ebola treatment centre, whereas, their four close contacts are being quarantined for 21 days after testing negative.
He says that the district Ebola task force is liaising with the Jinja Regional Referral hospital surveillance teams to track down the 25 high-risk contacts for quarantine.
Alfred Yayi, the director of Jinja hospital, says that the ministry of Health has dispatched experts to boost the ongoing prevention and community sensitization efforts geared towards containing the spread of Ebola to the neighbouring communities.
According to Yayi, they plan to set up a temporary quarantine centre in Buyengo town council to help the contacts access health workers with ease.
At least 8 districts in Uganda have recorded confirmed cases of Ebola since the virus was first discovered in the country on September 20. The virus has claimed over 55 confirmed deaths across the country.