Ebola Outbreak: Health Surveillance Heightened At Uganda-DRC Border in Kasese

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There is heightened health surveillance at the Uganda-DRC Border in Kasese District following a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC.

  On Monday, the World Health Organization-WHO on Monday warned of a potential Ebola resurgence in the DRC after a woman died of the disease. The woman lived in Butembo, a city in North Kivu Province and an epicentre of a previous Ebola outbreak that was declared over in June.

  More than 70 people who came in direct contact with the woman while she was contagious have already been identified.

The surveillance has been concentrated along the Mpondwe border point and Katwe landing site on Lake Edward, which are the key entry points for communities across the two countries.

Dr Yusuf Baseke, the Kasese District Health Officer, says the outbreak of Ebola poses a great risk to the health system in Kasese.  Baseke says through cross border business is still restricted as a Covid-19 control measure, several Ugandans in the cargo business and landing sites continue to interact with persons from DRC.

  He says they are restoring Ebola screening points along the entry points.  

Dr Baseke adds that they are prepared to deal with any outbreak.  He says that the district has set up a disease surveillance team that will be re-energized to take on the prevention and control tasks.  

  The Deputy RDC Joshua Masereka says they have already engaged local councils to be vigilant and alert health teams of any suspected Ebola patient from DRC. 

John Kananura, the Katwe Town Council mayor says they have decided to re-enforce adherence to screening at the Katwe landing site.   However, he says there has been limited interaction between the Congolese and Ugandan fishermen since the  Covid-19 lockdown. 

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