Rwandans urged to strengthen measures against Ebola

By Zanika Umutesi
On 23 September 2022 at 04:04

The Government of Rwanda has reassured all Rwandans that Ebola outbreak has not yet been confirmed in the country, but urged everyone to remain cautious, avoid complacency and intensify measures.

According to the Ministry of Health in Uganda, a person infected with Ebola was detected in Mubende District on 19th September 202 and succumbed to the virus.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Ngamije Daniel has through a statement released on Thursday 22nd September said that the health authorities continue to work with other institutions to monitor the spread of the epidemic in neighbouring countries.

"We are closely working with other institutions to monitor the spread of the epidemic in neighbouring countries , especially in Uganda where a case of Ebola Virus was confirmed in Mubende District. Both the Ministries of Health in Rwanda and Uganda are working together to strengthen prevention measures at the land borders, at the airport and internally as well," said Minister Ngamije.

The Ministry of Health has reminded Rwandans that Ebola is preventable when one abides by hygiene standards and avoids unnecessary visits and contacts with people who have traveled to areas affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Ebola symptoms includes fever, headache, joint pain, soar throat, fatigue, diarrhea, regular vomiting several times, stomachache and bleeding through different body parts.

The Ministry of Health has put in place precautions for people to strengthen their protection, including avoiding unnecessary travels to areas where the Ebola outbreak has been reported.

Rwandans are also prohibited from receiving individuals coming from the areas that have confirmed Ebola outbreak and urged report suspected Ebola cases.

A traveler from Ebola affected is requested to undergo temperature screening.

The Ministry has also asked people to immediately inform the Rwanda National Police on the toll-free number 112, nearest authorities or the health workers or via the Ministry of Health’s toll free number 114.

The general public has been also advised to avoid contacts with blood, body fluids, items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids; avoid contact with the body of an Ebola victim or dead wild animal or eating its meat; always wash hands with soap and clean water and seek medical care whenever they do not feel well.