UGANDAN GOVT WARNS CITIZENS TO LIMIT TRAVEL TO EBOLA-HIT LIBERIA, GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE

By Taddeo Bwambale

KAMPALA, July 4 — The Ugandan government has advised Ugandans to limit their travels to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone which have been hit by an Ebola epidemic.

At least 467 people have died from the epidemic out of 759 reported cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“The public is advised to limit their travel to any of the affected countries until the situation is contained,” Health Minister Dr Ruhakana said at a media briefing on the threat here Thursday.

He said Uganda had not issued a travel ban to three countries but advised travellers to observe precautionary measures instituted by the respective countries.

The minister cautioned Ugandans with relatives living in the affected countries to “keep on the alert in case their relatives return to the country” during this period.

The Ugandan government has stepped up disease surveillance checks at border points, especially for people coming from the affected countries.

No single case of Ebola has been reported in Uganda since the last outbreak in 2012 in which at least four people died.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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