By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since the beginning of the epidemic in August 2018, the cumulative number of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases is 2,148, 2,054 confirmed and 94 probable. In total, there were 1,440 deaths (1,346 confirmed and 94 probable).
There were a couple issues reported concerning security. Destruction and arson of sanitary control at checkpoint Mudzipela in Ituri by strangers in the night of 15 to 16 June 2019 was reported.
In addition on Sunday, a group of bikers tried to attack an Infection Control and Prevention (IPC) team that was cleaning up a confirmed case of Ebola in Hoho in the area. of Rwampara health. Urban authorities sent police reinforcements to disperse the bikers and allow the PCI team to return to coordination. Nobody was hurt in the attack.
All three of the confirmed EVD cases in Uganda have died. Sunday was day 3 since the death of the last confirmed case who passed on the 13 June 2019 while on transfer to the DRC for further management.
Three suspect cases were admitted to an Ebola Treatment Unit. Testing came back on two of the patients as negative, one is still pending.
Ninety contacts are being followed up.
Uganda Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Jane Ruth Aceng sent out another message trying to squash false Ebola rumors in the country:
To all journalists, health workers and the general public;
I have seen and read with dismay the several wrong messages circulating on social media and other media platforms about the current Ebola outbreak.
I appeal to you all please please desist from spreading false rumours about Ebola on Social Media and other media platforms. Ebola is not something to joke with, it kills. Your irresponsible reporting can cause unnecessary panic among the population and greatly affect our response.
Ministry of Health has spokespersons, the Director General and the Minister for Health who keep the population informed on a very regular basis and I believe we are doing it very well. We do so after getting results of blood samples from suspect cases.
Those wrongly informing the public have no access to this information. I therefore appeal to the public to ignore all information from social media if it does not quote the Director General or the Minister of Health and these should only be on the authentic platforms.
Please follow the example of our numerous partners who have access to information but leave the reporting to MoH. Even the DHO Kasese who has information knows the people with Authority to report.
I really must appreciate our partners and Kasese District Local Government for their professionalism.
Once again I kindly appeal to all Ugandans to desist from such irresponsible behavior.
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