Uganda still struggling to tackle Ebola as the death toll passes 50

AP - Hajarah Nalwadda

Health authorities in Uganda are struggling to contain the Ebola virus after reporting 51 deaths, including healthcare workers and 132 cases across seven districts in the country. While some government-instituted lockdowns have been put in place, the International Rescue Committee is calling for more funding to curb the spread of the virus.

Using more contact tracing and “intense public sensitization” are key to preventing Ebola, says Elijah Okeyo, IRC Uganda country director.

“The IRC therefore calls for increased funding for aid agencies to support ongoing efforts to sever the current rapid spread of this deadly disease,” he says.

Lockdown, again

President Yoweri Museveni reassured residents in Kampala that no lockdown would be carried out, even though the disease had reached the capital.

He did order the police to arrest anyone infected with Ebola who refused to isolate, however.

The epicenter of the virus is in the central Ugandan Mubende and Kassanda districts, roughly 150km from the capital, where an additional three-week lockdown was declared on Saturday.

The WHO reports that 61 people have recovered from the virus as of Saturday, 5 November.

Uganda is no stranger to Ebola, but the last fatal outbreak occurred in 2019.

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