The Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros, Dr. Tedros made a stopover in Uganda while he was traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he visited hot spots in the country. Ebola, Butembo and Katwa.
HEALTH | REPLY TO EBOLA
The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has visited Uganda following the recent Ebola outbreak in the west of the country. The Ministry of Health issued a joint statement Monday stating that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had come forward to assess Uganda 's response to the outbreak.
@WHO General manager @DrTedros happened to #Uganda, tonight and was received by @tegegny. Dr. Tedros will meet officials at #Uganda on the to discuss the pursuit #Ebola answer in Uganda. pic.twitter.com/hIkb2OXcYv
– WHO Uganda (@WHOUganda) June 16, 2019
Here is the joint statement in its entirety:
The Ministry of Health received Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), to assess Uganda's response to the current outbreak of Ebola in the district of Kasese, in western Uganda.
Dr. Tedros made a stopover in Uganda as he was leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to visit Ebola, Butembo and Katwa hot spots. This is his third visit to Uganda since the declaration of the Ebola epidemic in August 2018 in the DRC.
He was received by the Minister of Health, the Hon. Ms. Jane Ruth Aceng and her technical teams, Ms. Rosa Malango, UN Resident Representative, Mr. Yonas Tegyn, WHO Representative in Uganda and Ms. Lisa Nelson, CDC Uganda Director, Yesterday at the ### Hotel Protea in Entebbe at 19 hours.
In his remarks, he promised to continue helping Uganda to contain this epidemic. "For our part, I want to promise to continue to mobilize global and regional support to control this epidemic as quickly as possible. It is not clean before the end of the epidemic in DRC "
Dr. Tedros commented on seemingly declining trends in Butembo and Katwa. He said: "There seems to be a decline in the Butembo and Katwa regions. However, in my discussions with my colleagues, we agreed to be very cautious with optimism, but with very cautious optimism, because the situation with regard to the Ebola virus in the DRC was very unpredictable, with increasing trends and on the decline.
He added that Mabalako, where the Ebola outbreak had been confirmed for the first time in August 2018, has once again become a hotbed for new infections. "Mabalako is now the most popular place in Uganda," said Dr. Tedros.
Dr. Tedros explained that "I accepted the WHO Emergency Committee's assessment that, although the Ebola epidemic in the DRC is an emergency in the country and the region, it is not an emergency. currently a public health emergency of international importance (PHEIC) ".
He also revealed that in December 2018, WHO had asked MERCK to produce more doses of the "Ebola-rVSV" vaccine, in order to continue supporting the epidemic.
In her speech, the Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that the transition from a mode of preparation to a response mode was not difficult since the Ministry of Health and its partners had invested heavily in ten months of preparations for deal with contingencies. However, she added, "the challenge is that we need to mobilize resources again for the response phase.
She thanked WHO for its support for Ebola vaccines during the preparation phase, during which more than 4,200 front-line health workers and other workers were vaccinated in Uganda. "During this response phase, we received a total of 3,400 doses of vaccine. A donation of 400 doses from the DRC as a quick initial step to start vaccinating contacts, first-line health workers and other unvaccinated agents, as well as 3,000 additional doses sent by the WHO. All these events were timely and vaccinations began last Saturday, June 15, 2019, during which more than 20 contacts were vaccinated. Today, we expected to vaccinate more than 70 people and the process will continue. "
Dr. Tedros is scheduled to meet with the President of the Republic of Uganda, HE Yoweri Museveni, on Monday, June 17, 2019 for a bilateral meeting on the current Ebola outbreak that has spread to Uganda. .
Dr. Aceng praised the efforts and contributions of all partners in Uganda to stem the Ebola outbreak.
Resident coordinator Rosa Malango appreciated the government's political commitment to emergencies. "I spoke with Dr. Yonas and agreed to meet on Monday, June 17, 2019 to re-analyze the gaps and identify areas in which support is needed in terms of financial resources," she said. .
At present, Uganda has no confirmed cases of Ebola. Two suspected cases were in isolation in the Bwera Ebola treatment unit on Sunday 16 June. One of the suspected cases gave a negative result to the Ebola test and was released, while the results of the other suspected cases are pending.
The Ministry of Health remains alert and calls on the population to remain calm and cooperate with field intervention teams.