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Uganda: Congolese girl tested positive for Ebola - RFI

2019-08-30T02:07:58.675Z

The child had arrived the day before from the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the Ugandan Ministry of Health Thursday, August 29.



By RFPosted on 30-08-2019Modified on 30-08-2019 at 03:55

The child had arrived the day before from the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the Ugandan Ministry of Health Thursday, August 29.

The 9-year-old girl was cared for after testing positive for Ebola. The child arrived at the Mpondwe crossing point on the border between the DRC and Uganda on Wednesday to seek medical assistance in Bwera, Kasese District, southwestern Ugandan territory. the Ugandan Ministry of Health in a statement Thursday. He said that she had been checked at the border and that she had not come into contact with anyone in Ugandan territory.

This girl has been identified by our team who manages the crossing point of Mpondwe. At check, she showed signs of Ebola and was immediately taken away. We still have an ambulance available, and it has been entrusted to this team. Blood samples were taken and sent to Kampala for analysis. This Thursday, the results came back and the child is positive to Ebola. This girl was therefore taken care of.

Irene Nakasita, communication officer of the Ugandan Red Cross

30-08-2019 - By RFI

The Red Cross reassures: " No one will enter Uganda with Ebola, " says Nakasita.

In June, three members of the same family died in Uganda after contracting Ebola in the DRC. But at the end of July, the World Health Organization declared Uganda free from Ebola, with no other cases reported in the meantime.

According to the WHO, as of August 28 in the DRC, there were 3004 confirmed and probable Ebola cases and 1998 deaths.

The NGO Oxfam, deployed in the field to fight the epidemic, calls for better training and better equipment for local health workers on the frontline. In a statement, Corinne N'Daw, national director of Oxfam in the DRC, is concerned that the Ebola screening process, which relies on the use of a thermoflash to identify any potential case, does not seem function.

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