UPC’s Ebola guidance used as Museveni locks districts 

(Last Updated On: 16 October 2022)

The two districts locked down because of Ebola by the government will have ‘full life’ in the next 20 days when the restrictions are removed.

By Milton Emmy Akwam

Oyam – October 16, 2022: Uganda continues to battle the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease as technical [health] and political personnel take charge. 

The country has lost a handful of health workers and citizens to the disease. Many have recovered, according to the Ministry of Health.

The affected districts are Mubende, Kyegegwa, Bunyangabu, Kagadi and Kassanda. Ebola has killed more than 35 people before Friday, October 15. Over 600 contacts are being traced.

In recent weeks, a top political party in Uganda recommended that the government should use old initiatives to fight Ebola. 

UPC, through its head of media and communications, Faizo Muzeyi, said: “Another deadly disease, Ebola, has re-occurred in a critical epicentre and sensitive District of Mubende which calls for a lot of vigilance.”

 “As the country is recovering from the effects of Covid-19 that claimed a number of lives and collapse of some businesses globally, UPC is calling upon the government to reactivate initiatives which have been undertaken before in the fight against cholera, Covid-19, floods, landslides and Ebola itself.”

Fazio further said this pool of experience should be tapped into and exploited to the maximum. 

Among initiatives taken by the government, for example in fighting Covid-19 was ‘weeks of [total] lockdown’. As the country was put in lockdown, a curfew was also imposed, among other measures. 

Addressing the nation on Ebola for the second time in less than a week, on Friday, October 15, 2022, President Yoweri Museveni locked down Mubende and Kassanda districts.

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Realistically to say, the President took the advice of both political and health experts to pronounce the country’s final measures to control and fight the virus.

“Countrymen & countrywomen, regarding the Ebola outbreak, our country has the capacity to control this epidemic. The government is doing everything possible to ensure your safety. As I indicated in my address, a confirmed case was admitted at Kiruddu Hospital from Mubende & died,” Museveni said via his official Twitter account, later after his address.

All the measures which include movements into and out of Mubende and Kassanda Districts are prohibited. 

There will be curfew in Mubende and Kassanda Districts from 7:00pm to 6:00am. The measures will expire in 21 days.

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