Kabale district revives surveillance taskforce over Ebola outbreak

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NEWS- Kabale District Local government has revived the District Disease surveillance and control taskforce, as one of the ways to fast track the spread of the Ebola hemorrhagic virus, following its outbreak in Mubende district early this week.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine, told a media briefing that Uganda Virus Research Institute had confirmed the Sudan ebolavirus, after testing a sample taken from a 24-year-old male. Atwine added that before his death, the 24year old showed signs and symptoms of Ebola, like high fever, diarrhea and abdominal pains on top of vomiting blood.

An emergency task force meeting, which sat on Friday in the district boardroom at Makanga hill in Kabale municipality chaired by the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, resolved to put in place measures to help in curtailing the spread of the Ebola disease.

The measures include, constituting case management and surveillance teams to improve on surveillance and community mobilization as well as monitoring and enforcing of health guidelines against the spread of the disease.

Nyakahuma added that the meeting followed reports that some residents of Kabale district recently went to Mubende District, which is the epicenter of the disease for burial of their relatives and returned back to the district.

He added that there are other intelligence reports indicating that some residents of Kisoro district, who recently went to attend the burial of some of the Ebola suspected cases in Mubende district are currently staying in Kabale town, after the Kisoro district security and health teams intensified surveillance.

Nyakahuma directed the Kabale municipal authorities to ensure that all markets and other public places in the town have washing facilities, traffic police to organize a meeting with drivers of all public service vehicles plying the Kabale-Mubende and other routes to Tooro sub region, so that they are sensitized on preventive measures.

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The Kabale district Health Officer, Dr. Gilbert Arineitwe Mateeka, said that the Covid-19 standard operating procedures like regular hand washing and social distancing have been reinstated to further forestall stopping the spread of Ebola disease.

Dr. Gilbert Mateeka reminded the public that Ebola is more aggressive than Covid-19 asking the public to be more vigilant. He added that Kabale regional referral hospital has all the necessary equipment and that they are already set to respond to any case without anxiety.

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According to the Ministry of Health records, the number of cumulative confirmed deaths stands at 11, while the number of active cases on admission is 25. The number of people listed as contacts is now 58.