The outbreak of the DR Congo epidemic has prompted the Ugandan authorities to consider what was previously unthinkable: the vaccination of all endangered people.
Last week, about 250 confirmed Ebola cases – which caused approximately 180 deaths in the Congo – have been neglected last week, the Ugandan Ministry of Health announcing the launch of Ebola vaccination. Approximately 2,000 healthcare workers and leading workers at the DRC border will receive an experimental vaccine.
Uganda has no confirmed Ebola cases, but in the face of a new, sinister threat from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, preventive action is welcome due to heavy cross-border traffic.
The ringing ring, which is a "new and vital tool in controlling Ebola," highlights how seriously the authorities are taking Ebola's ever-growing threat to the Congo and the danger it poses to Uganda.
According to official statistics, more than 20,000 people go to the Uganda every day from the DRC. This human density increases the risk of cross-border transmission of Ebols.
Vaccination, the first of its kind in Uganda, offers hope and practical solutions to the recurrent threat of Ebola epidemics in the Congo.
This vaccination is a daring break from the years when Ebola threats have been accidentally treated, causing panic, confusion, and fingers.
In the past, reports of the outbreak of the Congo epidemic have been struggling with the expected approach by authorities in the general public.
And normally, without strong interventions, the viral disease would quickly cross our western border with Kongo and overcome the slow reaction of the Ugandan authorities and leave many lost souls.
With delight, Kampala, working with global partners, has adopted a viable mechanism of rapid response to hemorrhagic fever, including the equally ugly Marburg.
Last week, the ministry announced that active search for suspicious cases is continuing in all communities, and that alert cases are still being selected, isolated, treated, and withdrawn by blood samples for testing at the Ugandan Institute of Virus Research.
The implementation of the Prevention and Control of Infection (IPC) was carried out in all vulnerable five Kabarole, Bunyangabu, Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts. Case management and follow-up training eventually took place in seven districts, including Wakiso and Kampala.
As in previous publications, this kind of reaction is very commendable and shows that we have learned a hard lesson from the past steps in the government's management of outbreaks of disease, rather the epidemic of hundreds of health care workers in the years 2014-16, which demanded heavy taxes in West Africa.
A proactive approach will always help reduce the threat of Ebola.