NEWS– Authorities in Kabale district have intensified security at Katuna border by establishing an Ebola screening point at the border as a way of curbing down the spread of the disease.
This week on Monday, Rwanda threatened to close its border if authorities in Kabale district fail to establish screening points at the border on Uganda’s land before passengers cross to their land.
The decision to establish screening point was reached on today during the disease surveillance Taskforce, meeting that was chaired by Resident district commissioner Godfrey Nyakahuma in the Rukiiko council hall at Kabale district headquarters, to devise means and improve on surveillance and preparedness in the wake of the increase in Ebola cases in Kampala.
The district health educator and disease surveillance focal person, Alfred Besigensi says screening points will help to identify the health status of travelers across the border and contain the spread of the disease.
Besigensi says the district has so far received 17 Ebola alerts, which have all turned negative among which 11 are at Rushoroza Hospital, 1 at Rugarama Hospital, 2 at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, 1 at Kamukira Health Center 1V and 1 from National taskforce.
Besigensi calls for more sensitization to realize behavioral and mindset change because most members of the public have not adhered to response plans by the Ministry of Health since they still think that the disease is still in far places.
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RDC Godfrey Nyakahuma, said that the district leaders need to be responsible for control and Management of the disease since the district shares border with Rwanda, if at all a case is confirmed, the district could be put under lockdown, which will affect the economy.
Nyakahuma also called for the need to be proactive and sensitize the public against cross border movements, as well as engaging teachers and heads of schools, to empower them to report alerts and suspected Ebola cases for proper management.