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Govt deports 5 Ebola suspects to DRC

A team from Doctors put on protective clothing and equipment as they prepare to treat Ebola patients in an isolation ward. 5 suspected Ebola victims have been deported. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The Minister of Health, Jane Aceng has revealed that Uganda has deported five suspected Ebola patients back to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a bid to cleanse the country of the deadly disease.

The revelation was made today (June 13) at the Kampala Serena Hotel in which Hon. Aceng called for calmness within the country saying the Ministry with a team of experts is on top of the situation and that Uganda has a good track record of fighting Ebola.

She has assured the nation that this outbreak won’t be any different.

“The teams at the Ministry of Health and partners have had the situation under control together with DRC, we repatriated five people back to DRC today,” she confirmed.

“So currently in our Ebola Treatment Unit we only have three suspects who are Ugandan and don’t have any contacts with the previous cases.”

She says these include; a mother and her two children, the maid and husband were taken to DRC today in the morning at 10 am.

“Uganda has experience and capacity to keep you safe, remain calm.”

The Minister, however, said that Uganda remains in response mode because the country has 27 contacts but assured the country that Ebola will be contained arguing;

“I would like to allay the anxiety of the country first take note that Uganda has experience and capacity and we are ready to keep you safe.”

This development comes at the time when the Ministry has just confirmed the death of the second Ebola patient out of the three confirmed cases who travelled from DRC on 10th June 2019 and tested positive.

The Government has also confirmed that the last Ebola victim will be buried at a public cemetery in Kasese.

The press statement from the Ministry also detailed the repatriation noting that it followed a request from the DRC Government that requested the patients to be repatriated back to the country to receive treatment and therapeutic services as well as support from their relatives.

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