Ebola Situation Under Control – MOH

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In short
Uganda has previously battled Ebola in two different occurrences, the worst being the 2000 outbreak in which 224 lives were lost and another 425 people infected. The other outbreak was in 2007 in Bundibugyo district where the country lost 37 people while the third outbreak involving three members of the same family was confirmed last week.

The Ministry of Health says Uganda has the capacity to handle Ebola outbreaks riding on its experience in previous outbreaks.



 Uganda has previously battled Ebola in two different occurrences, the worst being the 2000 outbreak in which 224 lives were lost and another 425 people infected. The other outbreak was in 2007 in Bundibugyo district where the country lost 37 people while the third outbreak involving three members of the same family was confirmed last week.


 
The family had travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo early this month to attend the burial of a relative, a confirmed Ebola-sufferer, who died in the community on 1 June. Upon their return, a young boy aged five fell ill and was later transferred to an Ebola treatment centre (ETC) at Bwera, Kasese where he passed on a day later. 





The second member of the family died after two days.   In an Interview with URN, State Minister for Health Sarah Opendi said the country is well prepared to handle the Outbreak. She added that the current outbreak in Kasese is already under control because all necessary measures had been put in place since August 2018, when the outbreak was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo provinces that share a common border with Uganda. 





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Opendi says hundreds of health workers countrywide have been trained and have experience handling Ebola cases, several equipment and facilities are in place, while the public is also being engaged to control the spread of Ebola. Opendi says a lot of focus has been put on community sensitization as a key strategy in eliminating Ebola.      





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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.