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Health Ministry counters rumours of Ebola spread to Mbarara

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General World Health Organisation (2nd left), Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng during a meeting at Protea Hotel in Entebbe on Sunday. (PHOTO/PML Daily)

KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health has on Tuesday, June 18 refuted rumours spread by the media that Ebola has spread to Mbarara district.

In a press release this afternoon, the ministry has allayed fears that there is no case of Ebola in Mbarara as it is being falsely portrayed in the media.

Some sections of the media are awash with rumours of Ebola in Mbarara district.

“The Ministry of Health would like to clarify that there is no confirmed case of Ebola in Mbarara district,” read the statement in part.

It has added that the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Mbarara’s Regional Referral Hospital does not have any patient at the moment.

The Ministry has also assured International tourists in Uganda of their safety.

“We would like to reassure International travellers that Uganda is safe and all our national parks and tourist sites remain open and accessible to the public”, the statement continues.

The Ministry has therefore appealed to the public and individuals to desist from spreading false rumours about the Ebola outbreak generally and on social media.

However, the ministry has admitted that the outbreak is real and has, therefore, urged all residents of Uganda to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases to the nearest health facility or to call this toll free number 0800203033/ 0800100066.

The Health Ministry has also appreciated all of its partners for their unwavering support in the preparedness phase and their commitment in the current response phase.

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