Ebola: Screening Tightened at Entebbe Airport, Border Points
Uganda on Alert as Ebola Kills 17 in DR Congo
Uganda is on high alert, with screening being taken more seriously at Entebbe International Airport and border posts, as Ebola kills 17 in neighbouring DR Congo.
DR Congo has declared an Ebola outbreak in the western border town of Bikoro, some 1,945 kilometers away from the Ugandan border at Mpondwe in Kasese.
Now, Uganda’s health ministry has tightened screening.
“The passengers are required to complete a screening form, an information leaflet about Ebola and contact numbers of surveillance officers are given to all non-symptomatic passengers who may require help later,” read guidelines by Uganda’s health ministry.
“A private medical centre in the airport has been equipped to provide counselling and clinical screening to all suspects
“A standby ambulance with a driver and relevant protective gear has been provided by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and is available twenty-four-seven.”
Districts on alert are: Kampala, Wakiso, Kisoro, Kanungu, Kasese, Bundibugyo, Hoima, Bulisa, Nebbi, Arua, Maracha, Koboko and Kabale.
Authorities in these districts have been instructed to revive District Task Forces in preparation for any possible outbreak.
“These taskforces are assigned to conduct a rapid assessment on the risks of importation of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) through their districts, renew and update district EVD preparedness and response plans, and establish ground crossing requirements to limit the risk of EVD importation while avoiding unnecessary interference in trade and travel,” said the health ministry.
“They are also expected to ensure adequate community information and heightened surveillance by frontline health workers in all health facilities.”
Full Health Ministry Statement on Ebola Virus Disease Alert