Ebola: Museveni Bans Public Transport, Mov’ts In & Out Of Mubende

Ebola: Museveni Bans Public Transport, Mov’ts In & Out Of Mubende

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By Spy Uganda

HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has announced lock down in Mubende and Kassanda districts to curb the spread of Ebola and issued a couple of  restrictions on transport and movements that will end after 21 days.

Some Of Restrictions Include:

  • Movements into and out of Mubende and Kassanda districts are prohibited,
  • Public, private transport and boda bodas are not permitted to move in Mubende and Kassanda districts to curb Ebola,

  • Only cargo, government and emergency vehicles will be permitted to move in Mubende and Kassanda districts. They are not allowed to transport people in and out of the districts,

  • Schools in Mubende and Kassanda will remain open and learners are allowed to move while wearing their school uniforms. Temperature for learners and teachers should be tested daily. Any absence from school should be reported to response teams immediately,

  • People traveling across Mubende and Kassanda (crossing through the districts) are permitted to move, with police clearance. They are not allowed to stop or pick up a person in the two districts,

  • There will be curfew in Mubende and Kassanda districts starting from 7 pm to 6 am in the morning,

The restrictions come days after government announcing that Uganda will go for vaccines under trial to protect the people from Ebola virus. According to Museveni, about 470 doses will be flown from the UK and the US.

In his Wednesday address, Museveni said the doses should specifically be used by medical workers, who are dealing with the cases every day.

So far, four out of 20 people who have died of Ebola are medical workers, while five others out of 20 patients have been discharged after fully recovering from the disease.

“Those vaccines, I think, should go to the health workers first. Health workers should be vaccinated because they are the ones who are at the front line,” President Museveni said.

The World Health Organisation said the vaccines for the Sudan strain of Ebola, will be brought in the country next week. Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, said the country is expecting two different types of vaccines.

Both vaccines, according to the WHO, have not had the regulatory and ethical approvals and are in clinical trials. She says one is manufactured in Oxford, while the other, Sabin, is manufactured in the US.

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