At a press conference this afternoon, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said screening services have been put in place at Entebbe International Air Port and although not many Ugandans go to Wuhan, she said they are worried about the disease spreading to other cities in the country.
The Health Ministry has warned Ugandans traveling to China to take precaution after the outbreak of coronavirus.
Considering that there are many Ugandans traveling to China
and Chinese coming here for various projects, the ministry of Health is taking nothing for granted after the World Health Organization announced
yesterday that the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city in China has so far
claimed 17 people and made 570 others sick.
At a press conference this afternoon, Health Minister Jane
Ruth Aceng said screening services have been put in place at Entebbe
International Air Port and although not many Ugandans go to Wuhan, she said
they are worried about spreading to other cities in the
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She said the disease
presents with flu like and pneumonia symptoms and according to Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) the virus rarely infect humans but are common in different
species of animals, including camels and bats.
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She said WHO is still evaluating to establish whether it’s
rendered an outbreak of international concern.
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Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) set up an
emergency committee to handle the outbreak whereby Director General Dr Tedros
Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they are in touch with their officials in China who
are filling them in with prompt updates.
“The decision about whether or not to declare a public
health emergency of international concern is one I take extremely seriously,
and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the
evidence,” he said in a statement.