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PREMIER DR. RUGUNDA AND DIRECTOR GENERAL OF WHO DISCUS MEASURES TO CONTAIN EBOLA VIRUS.

Friday, 4th January 2019
Uganda Delegation (right to left) Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister; Hon. Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Hon. Bright Rwamirama, Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs; Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of He

The Right Honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, met the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Kampala on 2 January 2019 to discuss measures being undertaken to contain the spread to Uganda of Ebola epidemicfrom the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The meeting took place at theOffice of the Prime Minister in Kampala after WHO delegation visited the DRCfrom where the influx of refugees into Uganda has been exacerbated by election tensions.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kutesa; Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs,Hon. Bright Rwamirama; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine; Director of Medical Services of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces, Brigadier Dr. A. Musinguzi;  and other technical officials from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The WHO Director General, Dr.Tedros Adhanom, was accompanied by Dr. Yonas Tegegn, WHO Country Representative;Prof. Jeremy Farrar, WHO Director; and Michael Ryan, WHO Assistant Director General.

The Ugandan delegation, led by the Right Honorable Prime Minister, briefed the visiting WHO team on the measures Uganda has undertaken to manage and contain the spread of Ebola epidemic along its common border with DRC. These measures  include creating surveillance zones,establishing case management teams, vaccinating health workers involved, categorizing districts into high and low risk areas, setting up screening centers and treatment along the border posts, providing media training, sensitizing local communities and refugees, and establishing joint support teams to back up DRC government authorities.

On behalf of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom commended Uganda for the high level of preparedness which has helped to control and keep the Ebola Virus away.  He noted that Ebola had become a regional concern whose control will only be possible through collaboration between WHO and the countries in the region. He pledged that WHO would continue working closely with Uganda, DRC and other countries in the region to contain Ebola virus, enhance primary health care and build better health systems to promote prevention, management and cure of such epidemics and pandemics.

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