Uganda Looks to Mid-January for Total Control of Ebola as Museveni Lifts Restrictions in Hotspot Districts

Uganda expects to have put the Ebola disease outbreak under full control by Mid-January 2023 since no new cases are being reported anywhere in the country. 

“Though we have registered great success in the containment of this  epidemic, I have been told that we still have 24 days to complete the  42-days which are two incubation cycles, to give us reassurance  that the outbreak is under control,” said President Museveni in a speech delivered by Vice President Jessica Alupo over the weekend. 

Museveni said so far, Mubende district has not registered any confirmed case for 34  days and neither has Kassanda for 37 days. 

Museveni also lifted movement restrictions in Mubende and Kassanda districts, effective December 17, saying  “currently,  there is no transmission, no contact under follow-up, no patients in  the isolation facilities, and we are progressing well with the count  down.”

However, he cautioned, this doesn’t mean that the outbreak has ended, we  remain on high alert with intense surveillance across the country. 

To date, there are a total of 142 confirmed cases, 56 deaths and 86  recoveries with no more contacts under follow-up.

The restrictions have been in place for more than two months. 

The outbreak of Ebola threatened Uganda’s economy which was recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tourists had suspended their travel to Uganda and conferences in hotels were being canceled over Ebola. 

The President further directed that the response structures developed over the  past 3 months will remain in place. 

These include: 

The 353 bed capacity treatment units in Mubende, Madudu,  Mulago and Entebbe. 
The Ebola testing mobile laboratory in Mubende district  
The 3600 trained healthcare workers of different categories  will remain on standby. 
The District and Community Task Forces should remain  functional. 
The village health teams in the communities of Mubende and  Kassanda districts should continue to sensitize their  communities about prevention, and identification of  individuals with signs and symptoms. 
Mortality surveillance (testing of all dead bodies for Ebola) in  Kassanda, Mubende Masaka, Jinja, and Kampala districts should continue. This will ensure that no unknown  transmission chains are missed.

The Ministry of Health should continue to bury all dead  bodies in Mubende and Kassanda districts until after the 42- day countdown. 
The Ministry of Health should continue to monitor the Ebola  survivors, and support them to re-integrate in the  community.
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