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Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng receiving WHO Director General recently. Courtesy photo

Uganda to Deploy Health Workers at Tanzania Border

posted onOctober 2, 2019

By Kampala Post Reporter

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says Uganda is to deploy frontline health workers on its border with Tanzania at Mutukula as a response measure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The minister revealed during the 25th Health Sector Joint Review Mission in Kampala on Wednesday that her ministry has resolved to deploy health workers at the border as a protective measure. She added however, that the deployment is not a confirmation of Ebola in Tanzania.

"I am not saying that Tanzania has Ebola. We are planning to deploy to protect the country at all fronts," she said. The move follows concerns from the World Health Organization (WHO), about Tanzania’s obstinacy in investigating the suspicious death of a female student who succumbed to an Ebola-like disease a few weeks ago.

The student died on September 8, in Dar-es Salaam, after travelling to the towns of Songea, Njombe, and Mbeya. According to WHO reports, testing performed by the Tanzanian National Health Laboratory reportedly indicated that the student was positive of the virus.

Uganda is just healing from a recent Ebola outbreak  registered in Bwera, Kasese District in June.

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