The World Health Organization (WHO) has congratulated Uganda government and other relevant stakeholders for combating Ebola virus in spell of only 4 months.
The head of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent his message through social media as Ministry of Health celebrated the milestone after 42 days, a standard procedure as required by WHO to declare any nation free of the pandemic.
The last patient of Ebola was discharged 42 days ago and since then health experts have been monitoring the situation in case any infections are reported.
“Congratulations to Uganda’s government, health workers & communities for your dedication to end the Ebola outbreak in less than 4 months. We thank donors & partners for swiftly mobilizing resources, and vaccine developers for making candidate vaccines available in record time,” Dr Tedros said in a video.
World Health Organization Representative to Uganda Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam further weighed in on his boss’ statement to confirm that the Ebola Outbreak is over in Uganda.
“Allow me to take this duty of confirming that the Ebola Outbreak is over in Uganda,” he said.
The Minister of Health Ruth Aceng said “I confirm that all transmission chains have been fully interrupted and take this opportunity to declare that the Ebola outbreak is over.”
Ebola has been scaring away investors, tourists and foreign businessmen and women from travelling to Uganda which scaled down business and hugely impacted on the economy.