DRC Refugees

WHO and Uganda Ministry of Health team confirm the Ebola outbreak & a team is deployed to monitor refugees that are pouring in from the embattled Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the fears, Uganda has sent a team to screen all travelers coming in from Congo at all the borders as well as entry points like Entebbe International Airport.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has not recommended that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Uganda following the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Kivu north within the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since the beginning of the outbreak last month, there have been fears that it may affect Uganda but the Ugandan ministry of Health has a recommendable experience to control movements of travelers to Uganda. For months, Ugandan officials have been subjecting all passing through official border posts to mandatory Ebola screening.

An official from the Ministry of Health has also pointed out that the Ministry is to set up a government analytical labarotary in Arua, the main entry point for Congolese people.

In the past days, there has been  a reported increase of Congolese people seeking refugee in Uganda. This follows the hotly contested 2018 Election in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The results of the election are yet to be announced though some people have already considered seeking refugee in the neighboring countries fearing the violence that may arise within the country.

The refugee influx started the day after Sunday’s vote and since then dozens of people have been arriving at a time, said Irene Nakasiita, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Uganda. Some Congolese trying to cross the border were forced back after resisting the efforts of Ugandan health officials screening people for Ebola, she said.

The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with the fluids of an infected person. It is a highly contagious disease and the ebola spread in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been reported to the second deadliest outbreak in history.


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