The Director General of World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom has applauded the Government of Uganda for strengthening the health systems to focus on primary health care through increasing surveillance coverage on Ebola.

PM Rugunda and Director General of WHO,Dr. Tedros address the press as government officials and WHO staff look on at OPM in Kampala on Wednesday(Photo by PMPU)

He said Uganda is well prepared to fight against the epidemic as illustrated by the preventive measures put in place.

Dr. Tedros made the remarks at a press conference which took place at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Wednesday.

The aim of the press conference was to enable Dr. Tedros and the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda to address the country on regional preparedness to deal with the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo which started in August 2018.

Dr. Tedros commended Uganda for supporting the region in a number areas and noted that World Health Organization is committed to work with Uganda to address the Ebola issue and control it as soon as possible.

He said there is adequate supply of the Ebola vaccine and WHO has ordered for production of extra vaccine to cater for any unforeseen outbreaks.

Dr. Tedros however, noted that the Ebola outbreak in DRC is likely to spread out in the region due to the insecurity in DRC and thus called for more vigilance.

Dr. Tedros also applauded Uganda for maintaining an open door policy towards refugees.

“Helping our brothers and sisters coming for support is the right thing to do. At the end of the day, brotherhood solidarity is the most important thing,” Tedros said.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda praised Dr. Tedros for being at the forefront of the fight against Ebola and also thanked WHO for providing leadership in handling the epidemic.

He was optimistic that the Ebola epidemic will be overcome.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Atwine Diana highlighted some of the interventions by government to prevent the outbreak including, activating coordination at national level and among districts, strengthening boarder surveillance and establishing surveillance zones and prompt monitoring coordination, increasing risk communication and Social mobilization.

She said 2632 frontline health workers in eight high risk districts have already been vaccinated.

The Press conference was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa and Minister of State for Defense and Veteran Affairs, Bright Rwamirama among others.


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Thursday, January 03, 2019

BY DOREEN NASASIRA