Kabale District revives Disease surveillance and control committee

By Okocha Peter Moore


Kabale District has revived the District Disease surveillance and
control committee, as one of the ways to first track, the spread of
the Ebola hemorrhagic virus, following the confirmation of its
the outbreak in Mubende district early this week.

On Tuesday this week, the Ministry of Health permanent secretary, Dr
Diana Atwine told a media briefing that Uganda Virus Research
Institute had confirmed the Sudan ebolavirus, after testing a sample
taken from a 24-year-old male. She added that before his death, the
24year old man showed signs and symptoms of Ebola, like high fever,
diarrhea and abdominal pains and was also vomiting blood.

Now, an emergency taskforce meeting, which sat today in the district
boardroom at Makanga hill in Kabale municipality and chaired by the
Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, resolved to
put in place measures to help in curtailing the spread of the Ebola
disease. The measures include constituting case management and
surveillance teams, and also to improve on surveillance and community
mobilization as well as monitoring and enforcing of health guidelines
against the spread of the disease.

Nyakahuma added that the meeting followed reports that some residents
of Kabale district, recently went to Mubende District, which is the
the epicenter of the disease for the burial of their relatives and returned
back to the district.

He added that there are other intelligence reports, which further
indicate that some residents of Kisoro district, who recently went to
attend the burial of some of the Ebola suspected cases in Mubende
District and are currently staying in Kabale town, after the Kisoro
district security and health teams intensified surveillance.

The Kabale district Health Officer, Dr. Gilbert Arineitwe Mateeka, said
that the Covid-19 standard operating procedures like regular hand
washing and social distancing have been re-instated to further
forestall stop the spread of Ebola disease.

Nyakahuma directed the Kabale municipal authorities to ensure that all
markets and other public places in the town have washing facilities.

He also ordered the Kabale Municipal authorities and the traffic police
to organize a meeting with drivers of all public service vehicles
plying the Kabale-Mubende and other routes to the Tooro sub-region, so
that they are sensitized to preventive measures.