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Press Statement on Compassionate use of Ebola vaccine for healthcare and frontline workers and ring vaccination in Uganda

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2/11/2018. The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public and the entire world that it will conduct compassionate use of the Ebola vaccine (rVSV) for healthcare and frontline workers and ring vaccination in Uganda, starting next week.

In August 2018, Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), currently affecting north-eastern provinces of DRC which border Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

As neighbour to the DRC, Uganda is on high alert due to the high risk of the Ebola threat.

EVD situation in DRC

As of 1st November 2018, the DRC had registered a total of 285 cumulative cases, 250 confirmed cases and a total of 180 deaths. Currently about 41 suspect cases are under investigation.

The affected two provinces are North Kivu - Mabalako; Butembo; Ocha; Musienene; Beni and Bingo and Ituri- Mambasa, Mandina, Tchomia.

EVD SITUATIONAL UPDATE IN UGANDA

  • There is NO confirmed EVD case in Uganda.

  • Active case search continues in all communities, health facilities and on formal and informal border crossing in all districts especially in the high risk ones.

  • Alert cases continue to be picked, isolated, treated and blood samples picked for testing by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Training has been conducted in all the 5 Districts of Kabaraole, Bunyangabo, Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko

  • Case Management and Surveillance Trainings have been conducted in 7 districts of Kabaraole, Bunyangabo, Kasese, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko, Wakiso and Kampala

  • Risk communication and community engagement is ongoing Nationwide, this is to ensure that communities are sentisised and can timely report any suspected EVD case.