Eleven people are reported to have died of Ebola and 25 cases are admitted to hospital as the deadly disease continues to wreak havoc in Mubende District, Central Uganda.
The Ministry of Health in a press statement released on Friday, 23 September 2022, said of the 11 deaths, three have been recorded in the last 24 hours.
“Three (3) new deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of cumulative deaths to 11 (including Confirmed and probable deaths). Of these, eight (8) deaths were from the community whereas 3 are facility based. Currently, there are 25 cases on admission at the health facility, out of which 6 (six) are confirmed while 19 (Nineteen) are suspected for EVD,” Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Senior Public Relations Officer at the Health Ministry, said.
He said the Ministry of Health Rapid Response Teams remain on ground to list and follow up contacts to the confirmed cases. Cumulatively, a total of 58 contacts have been listed, Mr Ainebyoona said.
This comes three days after the ministry confirmed that a 24-year-old man who passed on at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital on Monday had Ebola of Sudan strain.
He said the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero will hold the National Task Force meeting in Mubende Council Hall, on Saturday 24″ September, 2022.
“The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the general public to install hand washing facilities at all public facilities. The public is encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspected Ebola cases to the nearest health facility or call the toll-free line 0800-100-066,” he said.
Speaking at an online media briefing on Wednesday, Dr Henry Kyobe, the Ebola Incident Commander, said they forecast an increase in cases, adding that actions are underway to protect the population and health workers.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday, 23 September 2022 convened an emergency meeting over the Ebola situation in Uganda amid fear that the disease could spread to neighbouring countries.
Health officials and civic leaders have suspended operations of entertainment centres and banned crowded burials and wedding parties in Mubende District in a race to break the chain of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) spread in the area.
The district Ebola taskforce imposed restrictions on visits to public offices in measures that mirrored the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to stem the spread of Covid-19.
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