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  Uganda s tough stance on Ebola control measures including a strict lockdown at the epicenter of the outbreak is paying off as fewer cases are reported Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Museveni said in a statement read by Vice President Jessica Alupo on Saturday that a 42 day lockdown imposed in Mubende and Kassanda districts the epicenter of the Sudanese strain of Ebola has limited the spread of the deadly disease elsewhere from the country country especially in densely populated areas Museveni said he acknowledged the pain and inconvenience caused by the restrictions but insisted that if they had allowed the outbreak to escalate in the Ugandan capital Kampala the consequences would have been bad including the possible export of the virus to countries neighbours Since the virus outbreak was reported on September 20 it has moved to seven districts according to Uganda s Ministry of Health Museveni said the ministry responded quickly in districts where cases were reported He cited the case of the city of Jinja in the east of the country where 300 people who had contact with an Ebola patient were placed in institutional quarantine As of November 26 141 people have been confirmed to have tested positive for the Ebola virus disease with 79 having recovered and 55 succumbing to the disease according to government figures To consolidate the gains made Museveni extended the lockdown in Mubende and Kassanda for another 21 days until December 17 He said that if the 21 days pass without any new cases being reported in the two districts then the lockdown will be lifted I would like to assure the public that we have established a comprehensive response to contain the spread of the disease We are very optimistic that the outbreak will come to an end in the coming months the president said Kassanda Resident District Commissioner Phoebe Namulindwa said Monday the lockdown is part of a sacrifice to ensure people in the country are safe from Ebola My fellow youths especially those from Kassanda and Mubende are greatly affected as some of them get involved in various business ventures But I beg you to be a little patient as we fight the Ebola strain Namulindwa said Daniel Kyabayinze director of public health at the Ministry of Health said the extension of the lockdown was to ensure that there are no more cases and that the spread is reduced to zero cases As health workers our role is to advise our political leaders on the next steps and they make the final decision We felt it was important to extend the lockdown because so far Ebola cases have decreased and we still want to stop it completely Kyabayinze said Now Uganda is still fighting the challenges of a weak healthcare system myths misinformation and beliefs in witchcraft while fighting Ebola Museveni said a family exhumed an Ebola body due to religious cultural practices leading to an outbreak of cases The Ministry of Health has said that with increased public awareness the spread will be stopped To limit the spread of the disease the government closed the school calendar early All schools closed on November 25 following the advice of health experts according to the Ministry of Education Uganda is also set to start a clinical trial of vaccines for the Sudan strain of Ebola The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said the trial is one of the ways to find measures to combat the disease Henry Kyobe Bosa Ebola incident commander at the Health Ministry said on November 17 that the trial vaccines have been tested before and are safe for humans Xinhua
Uganda sees fewer Ebola cases amid strict control measures-

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Uganda‘s tough stance on Ebola control measures, including a strict lockdown at the epicenter of the outbreak, is paying off as fewer cases are reported, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said.

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Museveni said in a statement, read by Vice President Jessica Alupo on Saturday, that a 42-day lockdown imposed in Mubende and Kassanda districts, the epicenter of the Sudanese strain of Ebola, has limited the spread of the deadly disease elsewhere. from the country. country, especially in densely populated areas.

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Museveni said he acknowledged the pain and inconvenience caused by the restrictions, but insisted that if they had allowed the outbreak to escalate in the Ugandan capital Kampala, the consequences would have been bad, including the possible export of the virus to countries neighbours.

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Since the virus outbreak was reported on September 20, it has moved to seven districts, according to Uganda’s Ministry of Health.

Museveni said the ministry responded quickly in districts where cases were reported. He cited the case of the city of Jinja, in the east of the country, where 300 people who had contact with an Ebola patient were placed in institutional quarantine.

As of November 26, 141 people have been confirmed to have tested positive for the Ebola virus disease, with 79 having recovered and 55 succumbing to the disease, according to government figures.

To consolidate the gains made, Museveni extended the lockdown in Mubende and Kassanda for another 21 days until December 17. He said that if the 21 days pass without any new cases being reported in the two districts, then the lockdown will be lifted.

“I would like to assure the public that we have established a comprehensive response to contain the spread of the disease. We are very optimistic that the outbreak will come to an end in the coming months,” the president said.

Kassanda Resident District Commissioner Phoebe Namulindwa said Monday the lockdown is part of a “sacrifice” to ensure people in the country are safe from Ebola.

“My fellow youths, especially those from Kassanda and Mubende, are greatly affected as some of them get involved in various business ventures. But I beg you to be a little patient as we fight the Ebola strain,” Namulindwa said.

Daniel Kyabayinze, director of public health at the Ministry of Health, said the extension of the lockdown was to ensure that there are no more cases and that the spread is reduced to zero cases.

“As health workers, our role is to advise our political leaders on the next steps and they make the final decision. We felt it was important to extend the lockdown because so far, Ebola cases have decreased and we still want to stop it completely. Kyabayinze said.

Now, Uganda is still fighting the challenges of a weak healthcare system, myths, misinformation, and beliefs in witchcraft while fighting Ebola.

Museveni said a family exhumed an Ebola body due to religious cultural practices, leading to an outbreak of cases. The Ministry of Health has said that with increased public awareness, the spread will be stopped.

To limit the spread of the disease, the government closed the school calendar early. All schools closed on November 25, following the advice of health experts, according to the Ministry of Education.

Uganda is also set to start a clinical trial of vaccines for the Sudan strain of Ebola.

The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said the trial is one of the ways to find measures to combat the disease. Henry Kyobe Bosa, Ebola incident commander at the Health Ministry, said on November 17 that the trial vaccines have been tested before and are safe for humans. ■

(Xinhua)

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