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  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 Kawooya was on Tuesday September 20 2022 delivering a statement to Parliament on the Ebola virus disease EVD outbreak in Mubende located about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala 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 She said this is the second strain of Ebola Sudan in Uganda with the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012 Kawooya told the House that more information about the possible source of infection and contacts of the confirmed case 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 The team has been outfitted with a considerable amount of logistics including an isolation tent EVD kits and other essential supplies she said 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 She also said that the line listing of all possible contacts with the deceased index case has started in Mubende and Kiboga districts Additionally the Ministry of Health will intensify risk communication and community engagement to increase awareness of the disease among communities 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 Kawooya called on Ugandans to remain calm but to be very vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola signs and symptoms She said that she is confident that the Health Ministry and its partners will contain the outbreak Members of parliament raised concerns about the porous borders and gold mines in Mubende and the risk of the spread of Ebola Hon Pascal Mbabazi Buwekula County MP said gold mine workers in his area are at risk of contracting the disease He revealed that while the minister has presented a death in Mubende the cases are more I was expecting in the minister s report a statement that ambulances have been set up in case cases spike Furthermore he expected the Minister to talk about Ebola awareness he said He said that leaders should also be involved in the process 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 He called on the ministry to set up a camp in Mubende and not operate from Kampala 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 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 Kitgum MP Hon Lilian Aber called on the Ministry of Health to control the movement and intensify surveillance If Ebola spreads across the country how prepared are we because this is worse than COVID 19 she asked Vice President Thomas Tayebwa asked the Ministry of Health to regularly update Parliament on the management of Ebola and interested the health committee in working with the ministry
Government calls for vigilance as Ebola settles in Mubende district

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.

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2 Kawooya was on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, delivering a statement to Parliament on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Mubende, located about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala.

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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.

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4 She said this is the second strain of Ebola-Sudan in Uganda, with the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012.

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.

26 Vice President Thomas Tayebwa asked the Ministry of Health to regularly update Parliament on the management of Ebola and interested the health committee in working with the ministry.

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