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Uganda To Be Declared Ebola-Free

medications http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-admin/includes/plugin-install.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Health Minister Christine Ondoa said this initiative came as a result of realizing that the two partners play a critical role in protecting the lives of people through different ways.

It is for this reason that the two groups have joined hands to take health services closer to the people.

“The focus of these activities will be the whole country but special attention will be put in the greater Bunyoro – sub region in the five districts of; Buliisa, Hoima, Kibaale, Kiryandongo and Masindi. This region was chosen due to its recent outbreak of the Ebola epidemic which killed a total of 17 people,” said Ondoa.

The activities will be undertaken in three phases of; flagship exercise, field activities and declaration of end of Ebola outbreak

In collaboration with the UPDF, the Ministry of Health will hold a national event at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital on Saturday to flag off the activities.

This will signify the beginning of a series of social mobilization and service provision activities in the five districts.

At the national level, the Ministry of Health and the UPDF will conduct a cleaning exercise of all the 14 regional hospitals throughout the country.

This will be done in a bid to improve on the sanitation of these facilities as Uganda marks 50 years of independence. The hospitals are Moroto, Mbarara, Mbale, Soroti, Hoima, Mubende, Gulu, Arua Lira, Fort Portal, Masaka, Kabale, Jinja and Kawolo.

This will be preceded by provision of services at designated health facilities in all the Bunyoro five districts. The following services will be undertaken; Routine immunization; Provision of antenatal and post natal service; Blood donation; Sanitation and hygiene with special emphases on hand washing and dental health and; Sensitization on Neglected Tropical disease (NTDs).

Immunization; Provision of routine immunizations services for legible children (those children who are due for routine immunization and who may have dropped out without completion of the routine immunization schedules).

These will include immunization of children against Measles, Polio, DPT, Vitamin A supplementation. Sensitization of parents and care takers to ensure completion of immunization schedules for all children before their first birth day will also be conducted.

Regarding antenatal and Post natal care, a number of Reproductive health services will be provided at the different outreach centers set up.

There will be provision of family planning services and kits.

Ondoa told press in Kampala on Friday that provision of HIV Counseling and testing will be offered to community members.

Follow up exercises that will done by the UPDF.

Free safe male circumcision services will be offered at specified health units and by mobile teams.

“The population will be mobilized to donate blood at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital and Kagadi Hospital in Kibaale. The Hoima Blood Collection Centre will conduct the exercise under the supervision of the centre,” said Ondoa.

In Kiryandongo district, the outreach camps will be set up at three sites of; Kiryandongo Hospital, Panyandoli Health Center III and Mutunda Health Center III. In Buliisa, the services will be at Buliisa Health Center IV, Avogera Health Center III and Biso Health Center III while Masindi Hospital, Bwijanga Health Center III and Kyatiti Health Center III will host the Masindi district sites.

The activities will coincide with the declaration of an end to the Ebola Outbreak that hit Kibaale district in July this year.

A national function will take place at Kagadi Hospital in Kibaale District.

Ondoa said all the different partners who were instrumental during the active phase of the Ebola outbreak will be invited to this function.

Declaration of end of Ebola outbreak

The Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Ebola in Kibaale district on July 28th after receiving confirmatory results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) that the strange disease that had killed 14 people in the district was Ebola Hemorrhagic fever, Sudan strain.

The index cases were reported from Nyanswiga LCI in Nyamarunda Parish of Nyamarunda sub-county.

On October 4th, the Ministry will declare an end to the outbreak after completing 42 days of the post Ebola surveillance phase.

The Post Ebola Surveillance countdown period is a prerequisite of the World Health Organization (WHO) which requires any affected country to monitor the Ebola situation for a period of 42 days after the last discharged patient case before finally declaring that the outbreak is over. The last patient in Kibaale was allowed to go home on 24th August.

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