The Uganda health ministry has announced that it has discharged the last Ebola patient from an unnamed hospital. The ministry said it will continue to follow up actively with the remaining contacts till they complete the 21 days.
The good news was delivered by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine, on Friday. This means that Uganda currently has no Ebola patient (active case) on admission.
Since the breakout of the Ebola Virus Disease (Sudan variant) in September, the country has registered 142 cumulative cases, 86 cumulative recoveries and 56 cumulative deaths.
The task at hand now for the government is to follow up with 4, 691 contacts or people who are suspected to have got in contact with an Ebola high-risk person or object.
During the outbreak, the government was forced to put in place a lockdown in the districts of Mubende and Kassanda which were the epicentres of the virus to stop its spread and to save lives.
At the time, the virus was proving to be unmanageable – spreading to districts as Kampala, Wakiso, Kyegegwa, Masaka and others.
The health ministry also advised the education ministry to cut the third school academic term short to enable learners to return home as a way of safeguarding them from Ebola while at school.
Working with development partners, Uganda is set to roll out an Ebola vaccination trial.