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Uganda Vulnerable to More Disease Outbreaks-MOH

Dr Allan Niyonzima Muruta, the Commissioner for Integrated Epidemiology and Surveillance at the Ministry of Health, says that the country remains vulnerable to serious disease outbreaks, hence the need to make a considerable investment towards building the required response capabilities at different levels in the health services delivery chain.
The regional Public Health Emergency Operations Center built at Masaka Hospital, Dr Allan Muruta, the Commissioner for Integrated Epidemiology and Surveillance says the country need to invest more such facilities

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The government needs to build additional capacity to effectively respond to more health emergencies that may break out in the country.

Dr Allan Niyonzima Muruta, the Commissioner for Integrated Epidemiology and Surveillance at the Ministry of Health, says that the country remains vulnerable to serious disease outbreaks, hence the need to make a considerable investment towards building the required response capabilities at different levels in the health services delivery chain.

The country is currently battling two disease outbreaks; the COVID-19 global pandemic and Polio which re-emerged in August this year, about 15 years after the last case was registered in Uganda. Dr Muruta says that the current outbreaks are pointers to more possible health emergencies in the country, which calls for stepping up and maintaining permanent response interventions in terms of infrastructure, human resources, and technical capacities.

He says that such interventions will help the country to respond in time, and prevent worst-case scenarios. He explains besides the many travels and trade expeditions; Uganda is geographically located within the epicentre of many dangerous organisms which makes it easy for diseases to find their way into the country.

He was launching one of the regional Public Health Emergency Operations Centres constructed at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital to support coordination activities towards the eradication of polio as well as monitoring other public health emergencies. The regional public health emergency operation centre, furnished with hi-tech communication and disease monitoring equipment was constructed by e-Health Africa, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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With the re-emergence of polio, Dr Muruta says that they are invoking the previous experience of dealing with the virus, with specific interventions towards building herd immunity through vaccination that targets all the vulnerable populations.

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Dr Nathan Onyaki, the Masaka Regional Referral Hospital Medical Director says the facility is a great opportunity to improve the efficiency in the way they respond to emerging health outbreaks, and will also effectively support their new responsibilities of closely supervising all lower healthcare service delivery points within their jurisdiction.

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