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Uganda Ebola: Mubende and Kassanda districts under lockdown, Taking steps to curb the spread

On Saturday, Uganda President Museveni imposed a 21-day lockdown on the central Uganda districts of Mubende and Kassanda to contain the Ebola outbreak, which to date has infected 58 and killed 19.

"Movements into and out of Mubende and Kassanda is prohibited," Museveni said.

"There will be curfew in Mubende and Kasanda districts starting from 7pm to 6am. Public, private transport and Boda Bodas are not permitted to move in Mubende and Kasanda districts to curb Ebola," he said.

See more of the President's directives in the infographics posted here.

In addition last week, Ministers of Health from 11 African countries agreed on joint measures to stop the potential spread of the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Uganda across borders and beyond Africa.

A risk assessment conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) found the threat of the Sudan Ebola virus strain spreading to neighboring countries as high due to the location of the affected area, which lies on a major road linking Uganda with other countries. The population is on the move due to trade or social and cultural connections.

The meeting concluded with a communique where Ministers of Health from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda endorsed key measures.

These include cross-border disease surveillance, contact tracing and monitoring of contacts, prompt alert and sharing of epidemiological and laboratory surveillance, information sharing, joint training of emergency responders, as well as carrying out simulation exercises to enhance preparedness and response.

"Uganda has experience in managing epidemics, and since the beginning of this Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, with the support of our partners, we have taken measures to limit the transmission of the disease. Sharing experience and strengthening collaboration between our countries will enable us to respond quickly and efficiently respond to health emergencies affecting our countries," said Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Acero, Uganda's Minister of Health.

[Source: By News Desk, Outbreak News Today, Who, 16Oct22]

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