Uganda’s prime minister thanks WHO for the support during epidemic crisis

Uganda’s Prime minister, Ruhakana Rugunda. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The Prime Minister of Uganda Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has praised the World Health Organization (WHO) for its timely and effective efforts that have so far protected the country from importing the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that is currently affecting some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) near the border with Uganda.

“Uganda, with support from WHO and other partners, is ensuring that no case crosses into the country undetected. We must thank them for that”, said Dr Rugunda in remarks read on his behalf by the Minister in Charge of General Duties in his office Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut at the commemoration of the 2018 United Nations (UN) Day held at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala.

Dr Rugunda highlighted the EVD preparedness activities being implemented by the Ministry of Health with support from WHO and other partners particularly in the high-risk districts of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Kampala, Kabarole, Kasese, Hoima, Kikuube, Ntoroko and Wakiso.

These include coordination of preparedness activities; training health workers on infection control and prevention; setting up and running Ebola Treatment Centres; community and health facility-based surveillance; identifying alert cases especially at border crossings; collection, transportation and testing of alert blood samples; risk communication and logistics supply.

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