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Uganda declares itself free of the Ebola virus.

Uganda declares itself free of the Ebola virus.

Uganda declared itself Ebola-free after 42 days of no new Ebola cases on Wednesday 11 January at an event organized by the health ministry in Mubende.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, stated during the event that Uganda has successfully controlled the spread of Ebola.

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“We have successfully controlled the spread of Ebola in Uganda,” she said at a ceremony marking the end of the outbreak.

Aceng also stated that this is Uganda’s eighth Ebola outbreak since 2000 when the country experienced its first and most lethal Ebola outbreak, which killed more than half of the 425 people infected.

According to the Ministry of Health, the most recent outbreak killed 55 of the 143 people infected since September. Six of the victims were medical personnel.

The declaration came after Uganda had gone 42 days without any active cases, which equates to two full incubation periods for the virus.

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The disease, which broke out in Mubende last September, spread to other parts of the country, but the health ministry was able to prevent further spread. Aside from Mubende, Kassanda, also in central Uganda, was one of the districts with high infection rates.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), praised Uganda’s response to the virus.

“Uganda has demonstrated that Ebola can be defeated when the entire system works together, from having an alert system in place to finding and caring for people affected and their contacts to achieving full participation of affected communities in the response,” he said in a statement.

According to a recent WHO report, $80 million (about Shs292,188,191,440) was spent to combat the latest Ebola outbreak in Uganda’s affected districts.

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Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the WHO representative in Uganda, stated that the funding was designated by several donors, including individual countries and United Nations agencies, who contributed to various initiatives such as surveillance, contact tracing, and treatment.

Dr. Tegegn made the remarks at the Kampala Ebola virus disease outbreak response accountability forum.

He stated that the organizations that received funding for the Ebola fight will provide accountability and will be released.