Fri. Nov 22nd, 2019

Ebola: US pledges support to Uganda to fight the Ebola virus, Over 2000 cases recorded in DRC

Congolese officials and the World Health Organization officials wear protective suits as they participate in a training against the Ebola virus near the town of Beni in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, August 11, 2018. REUTERS/Samuel Mambo

By press time, there was one reported death of a five-year-old boy. The boy died after being admitted to an Ebola isolation centre in Bwera Hospital.

KAMPALA – The United States has pledged to support the Uganda government which is facing a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

In a statement released by its embassy in Uganda, the US said it has strong confidence in the Ugandan government ability to respond to the outbreak but is open to giving a hand in coordination with partners to help stem further spread of the disease.

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The US government has invested heavily in Ugandas preparations to manage Ebola through both technical and financial assistance, and we will continue to provide assistance to prevent the spread of the disease, read the statement.

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The development comes as the Government declared three cases of Ebola in the western Ugandan district of Kasese, at the Uganda – Congo border.

By press time, there was one reported death of a five-year-old boy. The boy died after being admitted to an Ebola isolation centre in Bwera Hospital.

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The Uganda Red Cross Society has joined the team from the Ministry of Health as the country pushes to contain the virus.

Congo, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, has recorded over 2000 cases of the virus and Uganda has been on high alert.

Source: newvision

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