Uganda has stepped up its preparedness activities amid growing concerns about the potential spread of the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The outbreak is currently affecting the north-eastern provinces of the DRC, which borders Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. As of 7 October 2018, a total of 181 confirmed and probable Ebola cases, including 115 deaths, had been reported, which equates to a global case fatality ratio (CFR) of 63.5 per cent.
In its latest situation report, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted how there has been a recent increase in the incidence of new cases which it attributed to the “multitude of challenges” faced by response teams in recent weeks including security threats, community reluctance and increased geographical spread.
Uganda has now intensified its preparedness activities in all border and district surveillance teams in response to alert cases, and community mobilisation and sensitisation are underway, with an emphasis on community engagement, along with preparations for vaccination.
Last month, the WHO revised its risk assessment for the outbreak, elevating the risk at national and regional levels from high to very high. However, the risk remains low globally.