Ministry of Health Reinstates Ebola Screening at Border Points

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Dr. Henry Mwebesa says that all travellers from Congo are being screened as they enter the country at all entry points. All travellers from Democratic Republic of Congo are being screened at the Health desk for Ebola signs and symptoms. The screening targets all passengers who have had a history of travel to the DRC.

The Ministry of Health has reinstated Ebola screening points at Entebbe Airport and high risk districts.

This follows an outbreak  of Ebola in neighbouring  Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the Western town of Bikoro. Bikoro is 1,945 kilometers from the Ugandan border in Kasese.

So far, two cases have been confirmed.

Ebola  also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever that affects humans and primates.

In a statement issue by Dr. Henry Mwebesa, Acting Director General Health Services, screening has been started at all entry and departure routes in the country.

Dr. Mwebesa says that all travelers from Congo are being screened as they enter the country at all entry points. "All travelers from Democratic Republic of Congo are being screened at the Health desk for Ebola signs and symptoms. The screening targets all passengers who have had a history of travel to the DRC."

According to Dr. Mwebesa, all passengers will be required to complete a screening form, an information leaflet about Ebola. Contact numbers of surveillance officers will also be given to all non-symptomatic passengers who may require help later.

The ministry has also set up a private medical center within the airport where all suspected cases of Ebola will be screened and counseled. An ambulance is also on stand by  to transport suspected cases.

According to Dr.Mwebesa, district leaders of Kampala, Wakiso,Kisoro, Kanungu, Kasese, Bundibugyo, Hoima, Bulisa, Nebbi, Arua, Maracha, Koboko and Kabaale have been asked to reactivate District Task Forces  in preparation of any possible outbreak in the country.

The last Ebola outbreak in Uganda was reported in 2012 in Kibaale district, which led to the death of four people.