1 The Minister of State for Health (General Functions), Hon. Anifa Kawooya has called on compatriots to remain vigilant following the Ebola outbreak in Mubende district.
3 According to the Ministry of Health, on September 19, 2022, the confirmed Ebola index case died at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and the body is still kept separate from the others and awaiting a decent burial.
5 Kawooya told the House that more information about the possible source of infection and contacts of the confirmed case.
6 She said that the Ministry of Health has strengthened its efforts to prevent further spread of the Ebola virus within the country by dispatching the National Rapid Response Team to support the District Rapid Response Team in responding to the outbreak.
7 “The team has been outfitted with a considerable amount of logistics, including an isolation tent, EVD kits and other essential supplies,” she said.
8 AUDIO: Minister Anifa Kawooya Surveillance and contact tracing, including contact tracing of confirmed cases, screening of travelers at designated and undesignated points of entry, and active case finding within communities and health are other measures that are being used.
9 She also said that the line listing of all possible contacts with the deceased index case has started in Mubende and Kiboga districts.
10 Additionally, the Ministry of Health will intensify risk communication and community engagement to increase awareness of the disease among communities.
11 Regarding the mysterious deaths of six people in Madudu and Kiruma sub-counties, the minister said they could confirm whether they were due to Ebola.
12 Kawooya called on Ugandans to remain calm but to be very vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola signs and symptoms.
13 She said that she is confident that the Health Ministry and its partners will contain the outbreak.
14 Members of parliament raised concerns about the porous borders and gold mines in Mubende and the risk of the spread of Ebola.
15 Hon. Pascal Mbabazi, Buwekula County MP, said gold mine workers in his area are at risk of contracting the disease.
16 He revealed that while the minister has presented a death, in Mubende, the cases are more.
17 “I was expecting in the minister’s report, a statement that ambulances have been set up in case cases spike.
18 Furthermore, he expected the Minister to talk about Ebola awareness,” he said.
19 He said that leaders should also be involved in the process.
20 AUDIO: Bro. Pascal Mbabazi Deputy of Bufumbira County, Hon. John Kamara said that the Kisoro district is on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and they are currently receiving many refugees.
21 He called on the ministry to set up a camp in Mubende and not operate from Kampala.
22 Dr. Charles Ayume, chairman of the Health Committee, acknowledged that the mines are the habitat of bats and that the Ministry of Health should consider the Mubende mines as a risk area for the spread of Ebola.
23 Hon. Flavia Kalule, the MP for Kassanda, called on the government to raise the alert level in all areas surrounding Mubende like Kassanda, stating that people are very concerned.
24 Kitgum MP, Hon. Lilian Aber called on the Ministry of Health to control the movement and intensify surveillance.
25 “If Ebola spreads across the country, how prepared are we because this is worse than COVID-19?” she asked.