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.