4 October 2012

Uganda: Health Ministry Declares Uganda Ebola-Free

The Ministry of Health Thursday officially declared the end of the Ebola outbreak following the completion of 42 days of the post Ebola Surveillance countdown period.

which is a prerequisite of the World Health Organization requiring any affected country to monitor the Ebola situation.

Announcing the declaration from Kagadi hospital where the epidemic was first reported, the State Minister for Health in Charge of Primary Health Care Sarah Opendi Acheng appealed to all countries with travel bans on Uganda to lift them to enable free movement of people.

Atleast 17 people died from the ebola disease including a clinical officer in Kibale district. Five patients were cured. Over 400 patients who came in contact with ebola and were admitted and monitored were discharged.

Some two million pilgrims from around the world perform the annual pilgrimage to the two holy cities of Mecca Islam's birthplace and Medina.

Over 150 Uganda Muslims could miss taking part in the pilgrimage following Saudi Arabian authorities' refusal to issue visas on the basis that the country is not yet Ebola free.

Ambassador Jamal Abdulaziz Raffa assured the president that he would speak to the Saudi Government authorities about the request of the Government of Uganda seeking clearance for Ugandan Muslim pilgrims to travel to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.

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