Elephants, one in many fascinating species to enjoy while on safari in Uganda. Photo Credit: www.amsterdamtoanywhere.nl

Uganda

The        Ministry               of            Health   has         noted    with       concern                reports of            an           Ebola                outbreak             in            Mubende            district  making rounds  across   the         different              media                platforms.           We         would   like         to            inform  the         public    that        there     is             no           Ebola                outbreak             in            Mubende            or            any         other     part        of            the         country.

               

What     was        quoted in            the         media   is             rather   a              case       of            Crimean-Congo                Haemorrhagic   Fever    (CCHF).               

               

On          the         night      of            21st         May       2018,     a              35-year-old         male      from      Nkoko   subcounty                in            Bugangaizi         county, Kakumiro             district  presented           at            Melt      Care       Clinic      with                a              high       fever     and        vomiting              and        was        admitted             for          two        days.    

 

Since     he           was        not         improving,          the         relatives               transferred         him        to            Galde                medical clinic      in            Kakumiro             district  on           23rd         May       from      where   he           was                referred               to            Mubende            Regional               Referral Hospital.             

               

The        clinician                on           duty       at            Mubende            RRH        immediately       transferred         the                patient to            the         hospital isolation               room     where   he           received              intravenous                fluids.                    Unfortunately,  he           died       during   that        same     night      at            around 1am.                Samples               were     taken    off          the         body      and        were     sent       to            the         Uganda Virus                Research             Institute               (UVRI).

               

The        attendants          of            the         diseased              who       included               his          expectant           wife       and                4              others   were     immediately       quarantined       and        they       are         closely  being     monitored.               

               

To           mitigate               any         possible               exposure             from      contact with       the         suspect,               all                material               used      by           the         deceased,           including              a              trolley   and        beddings                used      by           the         deceased            were     burnt.                  

All           the         hospital staff       who       got         in            contact with       the         deceased            were     provided                with       digital    thermometers  and        were     instructed           to            take       their      body      temperatures                on           a              daily       basis      twice.   

               

The        following             actions  have      been     undertaken        to            mitigate               the         spread  of            CCHF:               

  • A National               Rapid     Response            Team     jointly   from      Ministry               of                Health   and        World    Health   Organization      has         been     dispatched          to            Mubende                with       clear      terms    of            reference            to            collect   more     information        and        assist                the         district  to            mount  an           appropriate                   
  • Sensitization programs             to            educate               communities      about    the         signs,                symptoms           and        dangers of            CCHF     have      been     initiated               to            raise                awareness          across   the         cattle     corridor                districts

               

               

We         appeal  to            the         general public    to            observe the         following             measures:          

  • Immediately report   any         cases     presenting          with       high       grade    fevers   and                bleeding              tendencies         to            the         nearest health     Reporting            can         be                done     by           sending a              free-text              message              to            8228       OR          calling    the                Ministry               of            Health   toll-free               line:       0800-100-066    
  • Bodies of            people  who       may       have      died       from      CCHF     should  be           handled                only       by           trained burial     teams,  who       are         equipped            to            properly               bury                the         dead,    safely    and        with      
  • Use protective           wear      while     slaughtering       and        handling               animals to                prevent transmission      of            animal   diseases               to            humans
  • Always wash     your       hands    with       soap      and        water                   

               

The        Government      of            Uganda is             working                towards               the         control  of            ticks       which                are         the         main      agents  in            the         transmission      of            CCHF     from      animals to                humans.             

The        Ministry               of            Health   continues            to            intensify              its           efforts  to            prevent any                possible               spread  of            the         Ebola     epidemic             to            Uganda,               through the                following:           

               

  1. Screening of            travelers              at            Entebbe               International      Airport; All                travelers              from      Democratic         Republic               of            Congo   (DRC)    are         being                screened             at            the         Health   desk      for          Ebola     signs      and                        The        screening            targets  all            passengers         who       have      had        a                history  of            travel    of            not         less        than       21           days       to            the         DRC.                               

               

  1. The passengers         complete             a              screening            form      and        an                information        leaflet   about    Ebola     and        contact numbers              of            surveillance                are         given     to            all            non-symptomatic                    A             private                Medical Centre  in            the         airport  has         been     equipped            to            provide                counselling         and        clinical   screening            of            all            suspects.                             A                standby ambulance          with       driver    and        relevant               protective           gear       has                been     provided              by           the         Civil        Aviation               Authority             (CAA)    and                is             available              twenty-four-seven.                        

               

  1. The Ministry               of            Health   has         instructed           leaders in            the                districts of            Kampala,             Wakiso, Kisoro,  Kanungu,             Kasese, Bundibugyo,                Hoima,  Bulisa,   Nebbi,  Arua,     Maracha,             Koboko,               Kibaale, Kabaale,                Mubende,          Luwero and        Nakaseke            to            reactivate            the         District  Task                Forces   in            preparations      for          any         possible                           These                taskforces           are         assigned              to            conduct                a              rapid      risk                assessment        on           importation        of            Ebola     Virus      Disease (EVD)    cases                through their      districts,               review  and        update district  EVD        preparedness    and                response             plans,    and        establish              ground crossing                requirements                (temperature    screening/verbal              screening/hand washing/IEC       materials)            to                limit       the         risk         of            EVD        importation        while     avoiding               unnecessary                interference      in            trade     and        travel.   They      are         also        expected             to                ensure  adequate            community         information        and        heightened        surveillance                by           front      line         health   workers               in            all            health   facilities.             

               

  1. An Isolation               facility   has         been     set          up           at            Mubende                Regional               Referral Hospital                to            attend  to            any         suspected                           The        hospital staff       have      all            been     oriented              on           handling                suspected           VHF        patients               including              Infection              control  and                supportive          care.                     

               

The        Ministry               of            Health   re-echoes           its           call          on           the         general public    to                cooperate           with       the         Immigration,      Health   and        Security                officials to            ensure                effective              screening            at            all            entry     points,  and        keep      Uganda free       of Ebola.               

The        public    is             advised to            report   any         suspected           cases     to            the         nearest health                facility,  or            call          our         toll-free               number 0800-     100-066               

               

For         God       and        my          country

 

 

HON. SARAH OPENDI

STATE MINISTER OF HEALTH – GENERAL DUTIES                

27th May, 2018