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Kabarole Intensifies Campaigns over Ebola

Brian Kisembo, the Kabarole Haemorrhagic Fevers Focal Person, says that they have already mapped out all lodges and guest houses that are normally frequented by Congolese Nationals and urged the operators to ensure they pay more keen attention on the health of their clients and report any suspicious cases.
13 Jun 2019 20:27
Hand washing facility at St Peter's and Paul Primary School.

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Campaigns have intensified in Kabarole district following the confirmation of Ebola cases in the neighbouring Kasese District.

The campaigns involve lodge owners and taxi operators who have all been cautioned to be extra careful.

Brian Kisembo, the Kabarole Haemorrhagic Fevers Focal Person, says that they have already mapped out all lodges and guest houses that are normally frequented by Congolese Nationals and urged the operators to ensure they pay more keen attention on the health of their clients and report any suspicious cases. 

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Kisembo says that Ebola Isolation Unit at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital is too small and can only accommodate six suspected patients. He says that they need at least 1 billion shillings to construct another one just in case the outbreak goes out of hand. 

Steven Asiimwe, the Kabarole Resident District Commissioner – RDC who heads the Ebola Surveillance Committee in the district says that plans are underway to meet all the in-charges of health centers in the district as part of the sensitization campaign.

 Asiimwe says that all those intending to hold big gatherings like crusades and music shows to seek permission from the police and health authorities so that they can be provided with the hand washing materials.

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In Bunyangabu, the District Health Officer, Dr. Richard Obet, says that surveillance has been put on Rwimi market that attracts traders from Kasese and other parts of the region.

 On Tuesday night, the Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng, confirmed the outbreak of Ebola in Kasese. The victim, a five-year-old boy and his grandmother who had sneaked into Uganda from Congo, have since died. 

According to statistics from the World Health Organization - WHO, there have been 2,025 cases Ebola and 1,357 deaths from the virus during the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The largest outbreak in the world was in West Africa in 2014 to 2016 and affected 28,616 peoplemostly from Guinea, Liberia and Siera Leone.