This Friday (11.25.2022) Ugandan authorities closed schools across the country to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, although those in charge of the Ministry of Health assert that there is a downward trend in the number of new cases, which has led to a decrease in the number of new cases. The government attributes the measures taken to control the outbreak of the unusual strain from Sudan, for which there is no vaccine.
The order to close all schools was announced two weeks before the end of the course at the beginning of the month, after eight children died from this highly contagious virus. But Health Minister Jane Roth told AFP that the number of new cases had fallen in recent weeks in the capital, Kampala, and in the centers of Mubindi and Kasanda.
“We ask the population to remain vigilant and cooperate with the health teams if we want to win this battle, and there are indications of Uganda’s victory,” he added. The WHO country office said on Thursday that as of November 22, no cases had been reported for nine days in Kampala, 10 days in Mubindi and 12 days in Kasanda.
The outbreak has caused 55 deaths out of 141 cases, according to Ugandan authorities, who have imposed lockdowns in Mubindi and Kasanda. Since the outbreak was declared in Mubindi on September 20, the disease has spread throughout the East African country. By WHO standards, an outbreak is considered over when there have been no new cases for 42 consecutive days, twice the number of days it takes for the disease to incubate.
Acting Director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa) said. Ahmed Oguel. The Kenyan epidemiologist added that “many actors made their contributions, enabling this success.”
However, the interim director of this African Union (AU) institution was cautious and stressed the importance of maintaining all possible alerts and measures to combat the Ebola virus.
DZC (AP, EVI)
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