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BREAKING: President Museveni Orders closure of Worship places, bans Taxes, Boda Boda in Mubende-Kassanda

BREAKING: Museveni orders 21 days lockdown as Ebola cases surge

President Museveni has directed a ban on all public gatherings, and public transport in Mubende and Kassanda districts as government monitors the movement of the Ebola Virus across the districts.

Museveni was on Saturday, October 15, 2022, addressing the nation about the precautionary measures for stopping Ebola.

During the address, the president directed that no church services will be conducted, no Juma –Islamic Friday prayers will be held, and more restrictions have been imposed on social service centers like schools, Banks, and hospitals will be observed.

Supermarkets and will remain open during the shutdown. Schools according to the president’s directive will keep open but entailed to follow guidelines. Students’ movements are allowed only to those in school uniforms. Teachers with Ebola like symptoms are not allowed to attend school.

Dealers in public transport have been directed Boda Bodas to stop working and Taxes drivers should park their vehicles while people have also been advised to desist from restricted movement.

Key facts

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a rare but severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.
  • Community engagement is key to successfully controlling outbreaks.
  • Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, infection prevention and control practices, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe and dignified burials and social mobilisation.
  • Vaccines to protect against Ebola have been developed and have been used to help control the spread of Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • Early supportive care with rehydration, symptomatic treatment improves survival. Two monoclonal antibodies (Inmazeb and Ebanga) were approved for the treatment of Zaire ebolavirus (Ebolavirus) infection in adults and children by the US Food and Drug Administration in late 2020.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women with Ebola should be offered early supportive care. Likewise vaccine prevention and experimental treatment should be offered under the same conditions as for non-pregnant population.

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