Kato Besisira, the Kanungu Assistant District Health Officer in charge of Environmental health who is also the Chairperson of the district Ebola Taskforce told our reporter that screening facilities have been placed at the Ishasha and Butogota entry points to make sure that any person crossing to Uganda is thoroughly checked.
Patrick Baguma, the Masindi District Health Officer, says the samples taken from the deceased were tested for Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers at the Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI and found to be negative.
It points out that anthropogenic pressures, or human impact on the environment as some of the trends driving the increasing emergence of zoonotic diseases, like COVID-19, Ebola, MERS and West Nile fever – to spread from animal hosts into human populations.
Dr. Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima District Health Inspector says they have reinstated all Ebola Response and Surveillance teams on all landing sites to screen all people coming from DRC for Ebola and the Corona virus pandemic.
The first case was a 26-year-old electrician from Beni, a town that has been the epicentre of the outbreak for most of its duration. On Saturday the country also registered another death of an 11- -months-old baby girl who succumbed to the disease.
On Tuesday morning, the Buliisa District Health Officer, Dr. Nelson Naisye, said the health workers have resumed work after receiving their payment from the Health Ministry. He says the health workers are screening people at Wanseko, Walukuba and Somsio.
At the time of the move, the health workers, who include members of Village Health teams-VHTs and Health workers attached to various health facilities in the district, were reportedly demanding more than 12 million Shillings in allowances.
Bullisa district established Ebola screening centers last year to avert a possible infiltration by suspected Ebola victims from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC where more than 2000 succumbed to the epidemic.
Dr Alfonse Gatare the medical superintendent Bwera hospital says the UPDF ensured that all individuals crossing the border are screened. Alfonse adds that it’s now over three months without any suspected Ebola case reported in the district.
Ronald Kanyerezi, Uganda Red Cross Society Manager in-charge of Kisoro District, says that they were forced to withdraw volunteers at Kanombe Nteko, Busanza, Rugabano and Busigi entry points due to resource constraints.
Nelson Baluku, a Boda boda rider along Alexander Street of Kasese municipality, says whereas he knows the importance of hand washing, he is often very busy and unable to wash his hands often.
In Kasese District, surveys by the URN reporter indicate that a great number of people have now abandoned healthy practices such as routine hand washing.
Elias Byamungu, the Rukungiri District Chief Administrative Officer, says the District Health Officer Dr. Akasima Mucunguzi and treasurer, Xavier Ndyanabo pocketed the money and didn’t share it with the Ebola Task Force.
The district last year put in place measures to avert a possible infiltration of the Ebola Virus following threats from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC, where more than 2000 lives have been lost in more than one year. The outbreak mostly devastated the South Kivu, North Kivu, and Ituri provinces, which are close to Kasese district in Western Uganda.
Dr. Fredrick Kugonza, the Hoima District Disease Surveillance Officer, says such people are a huge concern to health workers and local authorities trying to prevent any further cross-border contamination.
The victim, who has not been officially named, also worked as a reporter at a community radio station in Lwemba. His partner was critically injured, suffering multiple wounds, during the attack, according to a statement issued on Monday by the DRC Ministry of Health.
This vaccine, which is given as a 2-dose course, 56 days apart, will be provided under approved protocols to targeted at-risk populations in areas that do not have active Ebola transmission as an additional tool to extend protection against the virus.
Mpanga, a resident of Busaru Sub County in Bundibugyo district, recalls that trouble started in July 2007 when his brother-in-law attended the burial of a person who was suspected to have died of Ebola in Ngamba Sub County.
Buliisa District Health Officer Dr Nelson Naisye told Uganda Radio Network that screening has been intensified at Wanseko and Butiaba screening centres, where DRC nationals entering the district are received. He adds that the district Ebola task force team is also on high alert.