Ebola: minister bans handshakes, gets Irish cars

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Dr Jane Aceng

The Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng‏ has advised the public to avoid handshakes until the Ebola scourge that is ravaging Kasese district is contained.

On Friday, Aceng said they have only one suspected case under isolation at Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit and results from Uganda Virus Research Institute are pending.

Out of the three suspect cases that were reported Thursday, two tested negative for Ebola.

“I appeal to each and every individual to be responsible and remain ON ALERT. Health begins in the communities and I want to reiterate that this is not about ministry of Health and partners making money BUT SAVING LIVES. No amount of money can pay for life.”

Aceng in one of the cars donated by Irish embassy
Victoria University

“A life lost is a life gone. There is NO need to worry about Ebola in other parts of the country.”

She said apart from Kasese, there is no Ebola anywhere else in Uganda.

“I want the entire nation to observe a NO HANDSHAKING/body contact phase until we are Ebola free.”

She added: “I also want to appeal to you all to ALWAYS wash your hands with soap, jik and water. I appreciate all our partners for their tireless efforts to contain this outbreak.”

Irish embassy donates cars

Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam from World Health Organisation [WHO] says with support from the Irish embassy in Uganda, they have given more support for Ebola preparedness and response.

“This was in form of two vehicles. They will support logistics, surveillance and any other component of the response. Previously we had handed over 10 motorcycles,” Yonas said.

Yonas and Aceng

The embassy of Ireland also confirmed donating two cars to support Ebola response in Uganda.

The health ministry said this timely donation will help in boosting surveillance and logistics during the Ebola response phase.

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