The Ministry of Health has asked the public to minimise travels to countries hit by deadly epidemics to avoid contracting and spreading the infections.
Dr Diana Atwine, the ministry’s permanent secretary, while responding to the country’s preparedness following the outbreak of coronavirus epidemic in China and other countries, said they have strengthened screening of travellers at Entebbe airport and all borders
“We don’t have coronavirus in the country. We continue to screen at the airport and borders; we have our surveillance team and for any suspected person, we are prepared. We advise the public to minimise travel to areas that are affected,” Dr Atwine said during the monthly Ministry of Health breakfast meeting in Kampala yesterday.
Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the ministry’s senior public relations officer, said the emergency health team is at the airport to ensure every person who enters the country, especially those from the affected countries, is screened for the virus.
“There is an emergency health team that is always at the airport in case of an emergency; whoever is coming in is checked. Already there were scanners at the airport that were used to screen for Ebola…,” Mr Ainebyoona said.
Coronavirus outbreak has been confirmed in China, which is Uganda’s key trading partner, and there are many travellers who visit either country every day for business and other purposes. There is also an outbreak of yellow fever in Moyo and Buliisa districts and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Kagadi District.