Uganda’s Ebola response is suffering from a financial shortfall.
The World Health Organization (WHO) requests immediate assistance to bolster Uganda’s Ebola response and neighbouring nations’ preparedness.
The WHO regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, told reporters on Thursday that just 20% of the $88.2 million request has been met thus far.
“We beg that time is important,” Matshidiso said at the end of a three-day tour to Uganda to see the country’s Ebola response.
The Sudan strain of the Ebola virus was identified in Uganda on September 20 in the Mubende district in the central area. Still, the virus has since been confirmed in nine districts, including Kampala, the country’s biggest metropolitan centre. Very mobile residents
The WHO cautions that cities, with their highly mobile inhabitants and frequently congested environs, facilitate the spread of the illness.
According to the UN, there have been 141 confirmed and 22 probable Ebola infections in Uganda and 55 confirmed and 22 probable fatalities.
“As partners, we must collectively broaden and increase our response to put this epidemic to a close,” Matshidiso added.
She said that the WHO Africa office has sent 80 specialists to help with the response and has aided Ugandan health authorities in sending another 150, including more than 60 epidemiologists. Contact tracing and infection prevention and control have been taught to several health professionals and community health teams.
“Unfortunately, 19 health personnel have already been affected, and seven have sadly died,” Matshidiso added.
The WHO said on Thursday that Uganda would begin receiving the Sudan strain Ebola trial vaccine next week as the nation works to stem the spread of the deadly illness.
Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the WHO representative in Uganda, told a WHO Africa online briefing that the first individuals to get the vaccine would be those who have had contact with confirmed Ebola cases and health personnel treating the patients.
“We need to involve contacts and health professionals and tell them about the advantages and any adverse effects,” Woldemariam added.
The experimental vaccinations had already been evaluated and are safe for people, according to Henry Kyobe, incident commander for the Ebola epidemic at the Ministry of Health.
According to WHO data, 141 confirmed and 22 probable Ebola infections have occurred in Uganda, with 55 confirmed and 22 probable fatalities.