The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced that it is shipping 3,500 doses of Ebola vaccines for ring vaccination in Uganda after the country recorded its first case of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.
Annet Kisakye, WHO Immunization Focal person, told Xinhua by telephone that a total of 400 experimental Ebola vaccines have arrived in the east African country for ring vaccination of contacts and health workers at risk.
“The 3,100 or so vaccines are going to be airlifted into the country within the next 48 to 72 hours,” said Kisakye.
“We have teams on the ground moving to identify and trace the contacts to create a ring for vaccination,” she said.
Uganda’s ministry of health and WHO will on Friday launch the exercise in the western district of Kasese where the outbreak has been confirmed.
Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s minister of health, on Wednesday said the first case of Ebola in the country, a five-year old boy, died at Bwera Hospital and two other cases have been confirmed.
Uganda, DRC, WHO experts meet over Ebola outbreak
Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and World Health Organization (WHO) experts on Wednesday met in the western district of Kasese to assess the Ebola outbreak after the first case in the east African country died.
Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s minister for health, said that government officials and health experts are meeting to share information on how to tackle and stop the spread of the deadly virus.
“We are in Kasese for a meeting. We have a team from DRC who are joining us. It’s a very big meeting to address the current Ebola outbreak in Uganda,” said Aceng.
The meeting came after Uganda’s ministry of health on Wednesday announced that the first case of Ebola in the country, a five-year old boy, succumbed to the highly infectious disease at Bwera Hospital.
Two other cases, relatives of the deceased, have also been confirmed.
The Ebola outbreak in Uganda was confirmed on Tuesday. The disease last broke out in the country in 2012, leaving over 20 people dead.