IGP orders DPCs to release minor offenders over Ebola outbreak

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NEWS– The Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola has instructed Police Commanders to release suspects with minor offences in districts affected by the latest outbreak of Ebola.

Uganda has recorded 11 deaths and 11 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus disease from communities in Mubende district over the last week. 

But as the Ministry of Health embarks on contact tracing in the areas of Mubende, Kyegegwa, Kassanda and Mityana, the Police Force is also seeking to decongest its cells to control the spread of the virus.

Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person and on objects or surfaces contaminated by the body fluids of an infected person, manifests as a deadly hemorrhagic fever and its symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain and at times internal and external bleeding.

Ochola’s directive was issued today to Police commanders by the Director of Police Health Services Dr Moses Byaruhanga and said that some of the minor offences commonly known include affray rogue and vagabond, and simple assault.