WHO / UGANDA EBOLA RESPONSE

27-Jun-2019 00:02:47
After assessing one of the high-risk districts for Ebola virus disease in western Uganda, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, commended the health workers and Health Ministry officials for their sharpened preparedness to respond to an outbreak. WHO
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STORY: WHO / UGANDA EBOLA RESPONSE
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SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 JUNE 2019, NEAR KINYAMASEKE, UGANDA / 24 JUNE 2019, NEAR RWENGUBA, UGANDA / 26 JUNE 2019, BWERE, UGANDA
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26 JUNE 2019, BWERE, UGANDA

1. Various shots, RD visiting Bwere Hospital
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa:
“There has been a lot of investment in the preparedness first of all. And this response has now been able to mobilize a lot of capacity, work with many partners, all the intervention areas that are necessary have been put in place here. And we’ve seen that we’ve not seen an increased number of cases. So we are very optimistic that this is a very effective response.”

26 JUNE 2019, MPONDWE BORDER CROSSING UGANDA

3. Various shots, border screening

26 JUNE 2019, UGANDA

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa:
“We appreciate the investment that has gone into making sure the system is up and ready, to deal with patients when they arise. And we can only commit to continuing to support until the risk from across border in DRC is over. Because we have keep up these arrangements, this team, ready in case somebody else needs treatment.”

22 JUNE 2019, NEAR KINYAMASEKE, UGANDA

5. Various shots, Ebola vaccination

26 June 2019, UGANDA

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health of Uganda:
“So even when we don’t have any Ebola cases in Uganda, even when we no longer have suspect cases, we shall still remain in response mode because we’ve already had Ebola confirmed in the country and we can not declare an end to the outbreak because there is a potential outbreak still on the other side.”

24 JUNE 2019, NEAR RWENGUBA, UGANDA

7. Various shots, contact tracing and vaccination
STORYLINE
After assessing one of the high-risk districts for Ebola virus disease in western Uganda, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, commended the health workers and Health Ministry officials for their sharpened preparedness to respond to an outbreak.

Dr Moeti toured the Kasese border area with the Minister of Health of Uganda, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, who thanked WHO for the support the organization has provided both in preparing the country for Ebola and in responding to the recent confirmed cases.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa:
“There has been a lot of investment in the preparedness first of all. And this response has now been able to mobilize a lot of capacity, work with many partners, all the intervention areas that are necessary have been put in place here. And we’ve seen that we’ve not seen an increased number of cases. So we are very optimistic that this is a very effective response.”

Since 11 June, when Uganda declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak, there have been three confirmed cases, all of whom had travelled to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Uganda shares a nearly 900-kilometre long, often porous border with the DRC, where the disease has claimed more than 1 400 lives since August 2018.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa:
“We appreciate the investment that has gone into making sure the system is up and ready, to deal with patients when they arise. And we can only commit to continuing to support until the risk from across border in DRC is over. Because we have keep up these arrangements, this team, ready in case somebody else needs treatment.”

More than 100 people who had contacts with the confirmed cases are being monitored. Since the outbreak was declared, 1063 high-risk individuals have been vaccinated. This vaccination of contacts and contacts of contacts, known as ring vaccination, has shown good results in the DRC and other countries in West Africa.

There are currently no new, confirmed cases of Ebola in Uganda.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health of Uganda:
“So even when we don’t have any Ebola cases in Uganda, even when we no longer have suspect cases, we shall still remain in response mode because we’ve already had Ebola confirmed in the country and we can not declare an end to the outbreak because there is a potential outbreak still on the other side.”

During her two-day visit, Dr Moeti travelled to Bwera Hospital, near the border with the DRC where two of the three people who had the infection had died. A further three suspected cases are being treated at the hospital. Due to its investment into preparedness, the hospital can now obtain presumptive results to tests for the Ebola Zaire strain within two hours.

With support from WHO and partners, Uganda has trained more than 16 000 community leaders and volunteers in remote border areas to spot the symptoms, provide medical attention to potential patients and to alert the authorities. The local teams serve as the eyes and ears of the district and national emergency systems that cover surveillance, infection prevention and control, patient care, cross-border activities and coordination with communities.
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