Ugandan government delivers 300 Ebola vaccines

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A medical staff holds a package of an experimental candidate vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV against Ebola virus disease at the University hospital in Geneva October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mathilde Missioneiro/WHO/Handout via Reuters
A medical staff holds a package of an experimental candidate vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV against Ebola virus disease at the University hospital in Geneva October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mathilde Missioneiro/WHO/Handout via Reuters

Uganda’s Ministry of Health on Friday delivered 300 doses of Ebola vaccine to Kasese, a town north of Lake George in the Western Region of Uganda, after a nine-year-old girl succumbed to the deadly hemorrhagic fever at Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit.

Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu the State Minister for Primary Health Care said the vaccines are to be used to vaccinate any possible contacts of the deceased.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health confirmed an Ebola Case of a nine-year-old female of Congolese origin who travelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with her mother on Wednesday, 28th August.

The girl died early Friday Morning. Upon the request of the father for the daughter to have a safe and dignified burial, the body has been taken back to DRC, as well as the mother.

“The child and her mother entered the country through Mpondwe main border post to seek medical care in Bwera, Kasese district. The child was identified by the point of entry screening team with high fever, body weakness…,” Dr Kaducu said on Friday.

Five contacts were listed, with three having shared the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) with the confirmed case while two were attendants to patients at the Ebola Treatment Unit.

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