Ministry Confirms Rift Valley Fever Outbreak, 3 New Cases Registered

Dr Patrick Tusiime the Kabale district director of health services speaking to health workers at the Joint Clinical Research Center board room during an emergency meeting he called on Friday afternoon

A group of unemployed youths under the “Jobless Brotherhood” are organizing a peaceful march into the city center in protest against the February Presidential elections.

Addressing press in Kampala on Tuesday, viagra 100mg Norman Tumuhimbise their National coordinator revealed that being that they don’t trust Ugandan courts of law, ed they decided to use a peaceful match to express their dissatisfaction.

“We are expecting to be joined by over 4.5million Ugandans who are not satisfied with the recently concluded Elections,” said Tumuhimbise.

He added that they have compiled evidence in soft copy format with a capacity of 10,000 GB from various parts of the country revealing the unfairness that was manifested in the Presidential

The spokesperson of the Jobless Youth Brotherhood Mayanja Robert noted that the reason they came up with this campaign was to “liberate” Ugandans whose expectations didn’t come true.

“Ugandans through the petition that was presented to Parliament by the civil society organizations and Religious leaders clearly stated that they wanted election reforms which never came to pass.”

Mayanja added that previously they have been using pigs and that the method seemed to work well. He noted however, that they needed to gear up their “Uganda Eyaffe” (Our Uganda) campaign to push their message further.

He added that the date for the march would be communicated soon.

China, sickness South Korea, buy Canada and others are not the only economies greatly anxious about their future trade relations with the United States if Republican front runner Donald trump is elected into the Oval Office later this year.

Uganda too has expressed her fears that the loud mouthed candidate if successful might limit her exports to the world super power.

President Yoweri Museveni, diagnosis while addressing Members of Parliament from his Ruling National Resistance Movement party on Tuesday in Kyankwanzi where there are on a ten day post election retreat, aired out his concerns about Uganda’s future with the US under the Trump Administration.

Museveni told the MPs that while he likes Trump for his candor, if elected President he was unlikely to help better Uganda’s trade relations with the US.

Speaking to Uganda’s worryingly declining exports and unfavorable balance of trade, Museveni noted; “The United States could limit our exports there especially under Mr. (Donald) Trump, who l like because he calls a spade a spade.”

Donald Trump according to analysts has boosted his support by tapping into the growing anger among US voters who think free-trade policies have devastated US communities.

Through his campaigns, he has already outlined plans to clamp down on what he terms as “horrible, horrible” trade deals with other nations.

Recently he called for higher (45 percent) tariff on Chinese goods, terming the Asian nation as the US’s greatest economic adversary.

Uganda exports to the US largely agricultural products, which include coffee, cocoa, base metals, and fish.

Last year, Uganda exported to the US goods totaling to $6.2million and imported goods worth $89.6 from there.

Uganda is the 134th largest export economy in the world and the 77th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index.

Museveni, during his lecture to the legislators in Kyankwanzi, expressed discomfort that the country is not even faring better in the region.

“Uganda spends about $700million annually buying Kenyan goods,” he noted, “Yet Kenya now spends 200m USD buying Uganda’s goods; compared to $12million USD in 1986.”

Uganda’s top export destinations are Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the  Congo, South Sudan,  Rwanda and Sudan.

The Ministry of Health has officially announced the outbreak of the outbreak of the Rift Valley Fever in Kabale district in South Western Uganda.

This declaration follows laboratory tests done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) which confirmed two samples positive of this infectious viral hemorrhagic fever.

Preliminary reports from the district revealed that three new suspect cases have been identified and their blood samples are yet to be tested.

Dr Patrick Tusiime the Kabale district director of health services first confirmed the outbreak last week and identified the new cases as Frank Kanyeterero 48, more about  a butcher at Kabale central market and one Turyatunga from Bugongi.

Dr Tusiime made the revelation while addressing health workers at the Joint Clinical Research Center board room during an emergency meeting he called on Friday afternoon.

Accoring to the Health Ministry, adiposity the first patient Frank is currently admitted in an isolation ward at Mbarara RRH but improving steadily.

The second confirmed case is of a 19-year-old student from Kabale town who had contact with livestock and other domestic animals at their family home is currently admitted at the hospital isolation ward.

“As of today March 15th, drug three new suspected cases have been reported. One is a 75-year-old male from Rubaya sub-county, Kabale district who was recently discharged from Kabale RRH following his admission with haemorrhagic symptoms,” said the PS.

“The second is an 11-year-old boy from Upper Bugongi, Kabale town while the third suspect is currently admitted at Rugarama Hospital in Kabale district.”

Rift Valley Fever is an acute, fever causing viral disease that affects domestic animals (such as cattle, sheep, goats and buffalo, camels) and humans.

It is most commonly associated with mosquito-borne epidemics during years of unusually heavy rain falls.

A person suffering from Rift Valley Fever may have either no symptoms or a mild illness associated with fever and liver abnormalities. However, in some patients, the illness can progress to hemorrhagic fever, inflammation of the brain which can lead to headaches, coma or seizures or eye disease.

People who become ill usually experience fever, generalized weakness, back pain, dizziness and weight loss at the onset of the illness.

In animals, the disease is characterized by abortions, occasionally bloody nasal discharges in mature animals, haemorrhagic diarrhoea and jaundice.

The disease has never been reported in humans and animals in Uganda before this outbreak. Prevention and control of this disease in animals relies on maintaining a strong surveillance system.

The Ministry revealed that a Multi-sectoral National Task Force has been set up to coordinate all efforts towards the control and management of the outbreak under the One Health Approach.

This task force is composed of officials from the Ministries of; Health; Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; Water and Environment; Uganda Wildlife Authority together with development partners.



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