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Don’t Snub Uganda Because of Ebola, We are Managing It; Museveni Tells Tourists

President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has rallied tourists to desist from snubbing visiting Uganda due to Ebola.

Museveni said that Ebola in Uganda is being contained by authorities.

“I have been informed that tourists have been canceling their trips to Uganda and some have even postponed their bookings in hotels and lodges due to the Ebola outbreak,” Museveni said during the televised Ebola Address on Tuesday.

“Furthermore, international conferences and meetings have been postponed and some moved to other countries due to the Ebola outbreak. This is most unfortunate,” he added 

Museveni assured the international community, tourists and conference organizers, and the entire Ugandan population, that government has put in place measures to control the outbreak. 

“The Ebola outbreak is localized to only 6 out of the 146 districts. Uganda remains safe and we welcome international guests,” he said adding,

“Government is doing all it takes to control this epidemic and avoid exportation outside Uganda,”  

In this regard, he said the list of Ebola contacts has been availed to the Immigration Authorities to prevent them from international travel. 

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“In addition, there is screening at the airport and land border points of entry for temperature, symptoms, and history of contact,” 

Ebola which broke out in September in two districts of Mubende and Kassanda, Museveni said has since spread to other districts notably Masaka and Jinja We now have cases of Ebola in six districts; (Mubende, Kasanda, Kampala City, Wakiso, Masaka, and Jinja.) 

“Bunyangabu and Kagadi districts have been dropped from the follow-up list because they have completed 42 days, which is 2 incubation cycles of the virus, without a case,” 

As of today, there are a total of 141 confirmed cases of Ebola, 55 of these have died while 73 have recovered and 13 are admitted to the Ebola Treatment Units(ETUs).

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