Uganda on Saturday lifted a two-month lockdown on two districts on the epicentre of the nation’s Ebola epidemic, amid cautious hope that the outbreak might finish quickly.
Since authorities declared an Ebola outbreak on September 20, the East African nation has registered 142 confirmed instances and 56 deaths, with the illness spreading to the capital Kampala.
The 2 central districts on the coronary heart of the outbreak, Mubende and Kassanda, have been positioned below lockdown by President Yoweri Museveni on October 15.
However on Saturday, Vice President Jessica Alupo introduced that the federal government was “lifting all motion restrictions and curfew in Mubende and Kassanda districts with quick impact”.
The 2 hotspots have been below a dusk-to-dawn curfew, with markets, bars and church buildings closed in addition to private journey banned.
“The lifting of the restrictions relies on the truth that at the moment there’s at the moment no transmission, no contact below follow-up, no sufferers within the isolation services, and we’re progressing nicely”, Alupo stated in a televised tackle delivered on behalf of Museveni.
Ugandan authorities stated final month that new instances have been falling, and the final confirmed affected person with the illness was discharged from hospital on November 30.
Alupa warned nonetheless that the federal government remained on “excessive alert” for any resurgence in instances.
The announcement got here after native leaders within the two districts appealed final month for the lockdown to be lifted and implored the central authorities to supply help to residents hit laborious by the curbs on enterprise.
The outbreak has been brought on by the Sudan pressure of the virus, for which there’s at the moment no vaccine.
Uganda earlier this month obtained its first cargo of trial vaccines towards the Sudan pressure, with extra doses anticipated within the coming weeks.
They are going to be utilized in a so-called ring vaccination trial, the place all contacts of confirmed Ebola sufferers, and contacts of contacts, are jabbed together with frontline and well being employees.
Nonetheless, the absence of lively Ebola instances in latest days has held up the vaccine trials, in response to worldwide well being specialists working in Uganda.
In keeping with the World Well being Group, an outbreak of the illness ends when there aren’t any new instances for 42 consecutive days — twice the incubation interval of Ebola.
Ebola spreads by means of bodily fluids. Widespread signs are fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhoea.
Outbreaks are troublesome to comprise, particularly in city environments.
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