MOH ISSUES NEW EBOLA PREVENTION GUIDELINES

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A health worker, wearing a protective suit, conducts an ebola prevention drill at the port in Monrovia on August 29, 2014. The World Health Organization said yesterday that the number of Ebola cases was increasing rapidly and could exceed 20,000 before the virus is brought under control, as the death toll topped 1,500. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Ministry of health has issued new Ebola prevention guidelines to all travellers, at entrances and exits at boarder points of the country especially the boarder point neighbouring Uganda and DR Congo.

According to the director general medical services at the ministry of health, Prof Dr Anthony Mbonye, government has embarked on screening all travellers at Entebbe Airport, and all travellers from DR Congo are being screened at the health Desk for Ebola signs and symptoms.

Prof Dr Mbonye adds that strict emphasis is put at all those who have travel history of not less than 21 days to the Democratic Republic of Congo because between these days the epidemic was serious in that country.

This comes at the time when an Ebola like suspected case was registered in Lacor Hospital located in Gulu district on 30th May 2017, where one 19yrs old Nalubega Annet, showed symptoms of Ebola epidemic following signs of severe anaemia.

Nalubega Annet, a resident of Macope village, Paridi parish, Adjuman town council in Adjuman district was rushed to Lacor Hospital when she was having Vaginal bleeding, low abdominal pain, Vomiting and difficult in breathing the same signs of Ebola, however, laboratory tests did not confirm this in her.

Now Prof Dr Mbonye, says that following this case government decided to put up strict measures on how to avoid the epidemic from crosscutting to Uganda from DR Congo nevertheless World Health Organization declared that it was contained out from Congo.

Prof Mbonye also says they have set up an isolation centre at Bundibugyo and at Entebbe International Airport, to attend to suspected cases, health workers have also been oriented on how to handle Ebola patients among others.

He has also cautioned travellers and Ugandans in districts at risk like Kampala, Wakiso, Bundibugyo, Kabaale, Kibaale, Kisolo, Kasese, Hoima, Kannungu, Nebbi, Marach, Arua, Buliisa, among others to cooperate with immigration, health and security officials  put across to fight the burden from attacking the country.

He also noted that they have put up a fulltime standby Ambulance with a driver in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority, a private equipped medical centre  also put up at the Airport to provide  counselling and screening of suspended persons.

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