Uganda begins Ebola vaccination for high-risk health workers

Nov 09, 2018, 01:20
Uganda begins Ebola vaccination for high-risk health workers

It was learned from authorities that about 26,000 people in the central African country have meanwhile received a vaccine to prevent Ebola.

"The virus has killed 186 people in the North Kivu and Ituri regions, while 88 others have been cured, " the ministry said on Monday.

The exercise, which began on Tuesday, is centred around five high-risk districts of Uganda that border the DRC (Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kasese, Ntoroko and Bunyangabu) and involves the administering of 2,100 doses of vaccine to health workers, protecting them against the particular strain of Ebola now circulating in some parts of DRC.

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This precaution is being taken because the health care officials are anxious that the infection would spread into the country from the borders shared with Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organization and Ugandan Health Ministry are inoculating at least 2,100 workers, the ministry announced. The individuals in DRC who have been in contact with an Ebola patient have been vaccinated and those in contact with these contacts have also been vaccinated.

World Health Organization in a statement said the vaccine is being administered in DRC and has been proven to demonstrate positive protective results.

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The strategy in Uganda involves an experimental vaccine, which officials say will not be given to the public.

As of October 29, 2018, Ebola vaccination totals have reached 24,142 people in the DRC. This approach worked to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.Despite vaccination efforts, Ebola is still spreading in eastern Congo.

The spread of Ebola in the DRC is worsened by an ongoing civil war between militant groups and government forces. The conflict threatens health workers trying to battle the virus."I can not access entire villages". Uganda was affected before in 2000 and 2001 where the infection killed 261 and infected 574 individuals.

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"I do think this is one of the challenges we'll have to see, whether we're able to contain, control and end the current outbreak with the current security situation, or do we move into the idea that this becomes more of an endemic Ebola outbreak in this region, which we've never really confronted", Dr. Redfield told The Washington Post. More than 28,000 people were infected and 11,000 died in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea between 2014 and 2016.