Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed a case of Ebola on its border with Uganda, a country so far clear of the deadly virus, authorities in Congo said on Friday.
Congo’s current Ebola outbreak, which is believed to have killed 97 people since July and infected another 46 in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.
Ituri province’s Vice Governor Keta Upar said in a statement that the latest Ebola case had been reported in Tchomia on the shores of Lake Albert. It is the closest the disease has come to Uganda, Congo’s eastern neighbor.-Reuters reported.
Uganda’s health ministry said on Thursday it was preparing to deploy vaccinations against the virus should it spread to its territory.
Following the confirmation of deaths in the area, the ministry of Health has procured five walk-through scanners to detect travellers’ temperatures. The scanners will be placed at border crossings, according to Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the senior public relations officer of the ministry of Health.
Right now, two of the five scanners have been placed at Entebbe International Airport and at Mpondwe border post in Kasese district.
Others will be placed at the VIP lounge at the airport and the other two at border crossings. Ainebyoona says that all posts are now on high alert monitoring the situation closely in districts that border the DRC.
Last month, Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng announced that emergency vaccination against Ebola will be carried out on people in high risk situations such as health workers. According to the Health ministry, up to Shs 3 trillion is needed in Uganda’s efforts to combat Ebola.