The World Health Organisation (WHO) has trained 100 Uganda Red Cross Society community based volunteers on precautionary practices, health safety and infection control practices of Ebola fever. According to URCS spokesperson Catherine Ntabadde, the Society has deployed two volunteers to spray all persons entering and exiting Kagadi hospital, in Kibaale district, 200Km west of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. So far, according to last evening’s statement from Uganda’s ministry of health two new deaths were recorded at Kagadi Hospital in Kibaale District, bringing the total number of the dead to 16 since the outbreak in July.
Ntabadde says the volunteers have also been trained in social mobilisation, sensitisation and health promotion techniques. WHO doctors conducting the training in Kibaale are being supported by a team from Ministry of Health and a URCS expert on emergency health, she adds. As of last evening, URCS had delivered 60 sets of Personal Protective Equipment to Kibaale district authorities to boost the logistics base of the response. According to the secretary general Michael Richard Nataka, URCS has applied for a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund worth Shs 588 million from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for its Ebola emergency health response.
URCS Hoima Region Program Manager Fred Othieno says the trained volunteers have now embarked on vigorous information dissemination and following up of 232 contact cases. “The 232 people came into contact with confirmed cases. We follow them up every day to check whether they have developed any symptoms,” Othieno says. Twenty other URCS volunteers have been assigned to assist MSF-Holland in setting up an official temporary isolation centre at the hospital. Once this centre is completed, all Ebola patients currently housed at Kagadi Hospital will be transferred to the MSF centre which is being set up outside the hospital. The Uganda Red Cross also is supporting the task force to manage the call centre where alert calls are being received by three members from the Society, Ministry of Health and District.
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