Uganda intensifies screening at airport, border points as Ebola hits neighbouring DRC

Nelson Bwire Kapo

Nelson Bwire Kapo

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Government has ordered for an intensified screening of travelers from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and those who have had a history of travel to the same country following an outbreak of Ebola in the western border town of Bikoro, DRC.

A press release by the ministry of Health confirms that passengers at international airport in Entebbe and all boarder entry points will be subjected to a thorough screening at the health desks that have already been set up.

“The passengers are required to complete a screening form, an information leaflet about Ebola and contact numbers of surveillance officers are given to all non-symptomatic passengers who may require help later. A private medical centre in the airport has been equipped to provide counselling and clinical screening to all suspects. A standby ambulance with a driver and relevant protective gear has been provided by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and is available twenty- four- seven,” the statement adds.

The ministry has further instructed leaders in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Kisoro, Kanungu, Kasese, Bundibugyo, Hoima, Bulisa, Nebbi, Arua, Maracha, Koboko and Kabale to reactivate the District Task Forces in preparation for any possible outbreak.

“These taskforces are assigned to conduct a rapid assessment on the risks of importation of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) through their districts, renew and update district EVD preparedness and response plans, and establish ground crossing requirements to limit the risk of EVD importation while avoiding unnecessary interference in trade and travel. They are also expected to ensure adequate community information and heightened surveillance by frontline health workers in all health facilities,” the statement continues.

 

 

 

 

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