Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Africa Regional Director describes the reports of a new case as sad. "I am sad to hear of a new Ebola case in Northeastern DRC. We are on ground and will continue to work side by side with the ministry of health," Dr. Moeti said.
According to the World Health Organisation Ebola situational reports, the 55 cases mark an increase in the number of cases recorded compared to those in November, 2019. An average of seven Ebola cases were recorded in November in four Beni, Mabalako, Mandima and Oicha.
The ministry's announcement comes after the elapse of 21 days of surveilling all contacts in their homes. The contacts are believed to have come into contact with the three confirmed Ebola cases or people who got into contact with them.
Our reporter sat at one of the feeder roads for about twenty minutes and saw two people strolling from DRC into Uganda carrying bags. Between Mpondwe market at the border with DRC and Bwera hospital, there are more than 12 entry points into Uganda.
“If you want, I can press for you and you get some. It will keep your hands clean,” she told URN. There was no hand washing facilities or sanitizers at Imperial Royale Hotel. The head of marketing, Jim Kasavubu, said they don’t have plans to install such facilities since they will cause panic and scare aware their customers.
Simon Abacha, the head of the WHO Ebola Monitoring Team at Entebbe International Airport says that they are increasing surveillance by making sure that the isolation room is ready for use when it is needed. “Currently we have a small isolation facility where all persons suspected to have the disease can be taken and kept as we wait for medical officers to come and take them to the designated unit.”
So far eight people who had contact with the boy are under surveillance. The Ministry of Health and WHO have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to Kasese to identify other people who may be at risk, and ensure they are monitored and provided with care if they also become ill. People who have been in contact with someone with the disease are offered vaccine and asked to monitor their health for 21 days to ensure they do not become ill as well.
The Honda XL motorcycles will be deployed in the eight high-risk districts bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The districts are Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Kasese, Kisoro, Kanungu, Kabarole and Packwach.