Uganda health workers get pre-emptory vaccinations against Ebola

A healthcare worker from the World Health Organisation gives an Ebola vaccination to a front line aid worker

AL-HADJI KUDRA MALIRO APA healthcare worker from the World Health Organisation gives an Ebola vaccination to a front line aid worker

The Uganda Ministry of Health (UMoH) announced it has started vaccinating frontline health workers against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

This precaution is being taken because the health care officials are anxious that the infection would spread into the country from the borders shared with Democratic Republic of Congo. The fear of transmission of the infection via the borders is heightened by the armed conflicts in the region, say officials.

At least 300 suspected cases have been reported in the DRC in the latest outbreak, with 265 confirmed.

WHO said in a statement released on Wednesday that it is "highly likely" that Ugandans in districts near the border will be infected with the virus, due to their close proximity to the epicentre of the outbreak, and high population movements due to trade, social and cultural connections and the relatively easy access to health services.

"Currently 2,100 doses of the rVSV vaccine are available", Aceng said, with plans in place to increase that to 3,000.

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Dr. Inglesby, who has spoken to Contagion® about this Ebola outbreak in the past, highlighted several red flags that have appeared in this outbreak, despite the strong responses from the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners.

DRC is facing its 10th Ebola outbreak, but this epidemic, which broke out in August, is the country's first in an area where fighting is ongoing.

As of October 29, 2018, Ebola vaccination totals have reached 24,142 people in the DRC. "Scientists believe such invaluable lives would have been saved had a vaccine been in existence then".

Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the World Health Organization representative to Uganda said the vaccination as a huge step in mitigating the risk of Ebola among healthcare workers. The affected areas in the DRC [North Kivu and Ituri provinces] are about 100km from Uganda's border districts. The conflict threatens health workers trying to battle the virus."I can not access entire villages".

Uganda has for the first time imitated a vaccination drive against Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) as a preventive measure against the disease that has for the past months ravaged neighbours, DR Congo. An outbreak in the western part of the country was declared over in July, after infecting 53 people and killing 33.Just days later, the current outbreak was discovered across the vast Central African nation, in a region that has been at the heart of multiple conflicts.Maggie FoxMaggie Fox is senior writer for NBC News and TODAY, writing top news and analysis on health policy, science, medical treatments and disease. In 2000 and 2001, 574 people were infected and 261 died in Uganda. That number includes the 189 people killed.

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