The World Food Programme (WFP) has Friday donated five ambulances to the Ministry of Health, to help Uganda in monitoring districts at high risk of Ebola outbreak. The vehicles were procured with funding from UKaid.
Uganda borders Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which was last year hit by the deadly Ebola virus. Available data indicate that since last year, 1,029 cases of Ebola have been confirmed in DRC while 642 people have died.
As such, western Uganda districts of Kasese, Ntoroko, Kanungu, Bunyangabo and Bundibugyo are at risk. The donated ambulances will boost government’s Ebola response and preparedness activities.
The vehicles were handed over to the Minister of Health, Dr Ruth Aceng, by the British High Commissioner to Uganda Peter West.
According to Aceng, “the ambulances are a pillar of case management and will help in transporting suspected cases from the point of identification to the isolation unit.”
She also applauded other partners with whom the Health Ministry in ensuring Ebola preparedness and response activities across the country.
“We further appreciate our health workers for their tireless efforts to protect the people of Uganda”
In DRC, more than 320 patients have recovered and been discharged from treatment centres, according to DRC’s health ministry, 125 new cases of infection were reported from 51 health areas in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the past week.
Meanwhile, Uganda has no confirmed Ebola case yet.