Ebola response team to get to work at the borders

Ebola response team to get to work at the borders
The national ministry of health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday conducted a training programme for responding to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Morobo and Yei River counties in Central Equatoria State. [File Photo]

The National Ministry of Health has beefed up surveillance in the areas bordering Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to monitor and screen travellers of any possible Ebola related symptoms.

The deployed teams headed to Nimule, Yei, Morobo, and Kaya, while another headed to Yambio on over the weekend, to conduct risk assessments.

 The Chief of Planning and Information in the Ministry of Health, Mabior Kiir Kudior, said the health personnel deployed are public health officers, lab technicians, management surveillance officers, and infection and prevention control, officers.

“The national ministry of health with the incident management system that was activated in public health Emergency Operation Center worked to develop the 72 hours respond plane to make ensure that when we have any case or suspect, we will be able to respond within 72 hours,” Kudior said.

Cross movement of people from the borders has also forced the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to carry out screening at the border point, to ensure that the screening detects cases of the disease.

Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak on September 20 in Mubende District, the epicentre of which is located on a major highway leading into Kampala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).

The Ebola situation report shows that there are three new confirmed cases and two new deaths in the last 24 hours.

The cumulative cases stand at 34 while cumulative deaths are 21.

The undersecretary ministry of health, Dr. Victoria Anib Majur, told journalists at Juba International Airport on Saturday that the ministry of health was determined to put precautionary measures in place to prevent Ebola from entering the country.

 “We want to send a message to people to adhere with measures by washing hands. If any person develops symptoms of fever or suspects any symptoms; he should report it to the nearest health facility.”

On Friday, the Council of Ministers allocated $500,000 for Ebola mitigation and prevention.

WHO has advised people to reduce the risk of human-to-human transmission by avoiding direct or close contact with people exhibiting Ebola symptoms, particularly with their bodily fluids.