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Museveni to address the nation on Ebola as deaths hit 23

Museveni’s address comes when Ebola has hit a spike in infection cases and deaths, with figures by Tuesday morning putting deaths (both suspected and confirmed) at 23, while infections are now at 36, 18 of which are confirmed and the other 18 are probable.

KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni will tomorrow (Wednesday September 28) at 8 pm address Ugandans on issues of national importance including the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

This has been confirmed by Mr Sandor Walusimbi the Senior Press Secretary to the President in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

“H.E @KagutaMuseveni will address the Nation LIVE on Wed 28th Sept 2022 at 8pm to update the country on issues of National importance including the Ebola outbreak,” reads a tweet by @sandorwalusimbi.

The presidential address will be broadcast live on TVs and Radios countrywide, and also on the social channels of the presidency.

Museveni’s address comes when Ebola has hit a spike in infection cases and deaths, with figures by Tuesday morning putting deaths (both suspected and confirmed) at 23, while infections are now at 36, 18 of which are confirmed and the other 18 are probable.

Speaking to a local radio station over the weekend, the senior presidential advisor on epidemics, Dr. Monica Musenero said he (Museveni) will address the nation after the experts have had an emergency understanding of the outbreak.

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“Ebola was confirmed on Tuesday, by yesterday we didn’t have a clear picture, what would the president be telling the nation, we need to do an emergency understanding, and there are staff on ground doing the surveillance to gauge how far the disease has spread. The president will come out and address the nation,” said Dr. Musenero adding that “For Covid, by the time he came out we had already compiled some data.

Districts, where confirmed and suspected cases have been reported, include Kassanda, Kisoro, Kakumiro, Mubende, Kyegegwa, and Lyantonde.

The Health ministry continues to appeal to the population to adhere to preventive measures and report any suspected cases to nearby health facilities or authorities.

Ebola is transmitted through contact with the blood, stool or fluids of an infected person and objects that have been contaminated with body fluids from an infected person.

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Some of the symptoms are high body temperatures, fatigue, chest pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, unexplained bleeding, and yellowing of the eyes.

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