Take precautions against infectious diseases’

CHIEF Medical Officer, Tumaini Nagu has called on the public to continue taking serious precautions against infectious diseases, while also encouraging them to seek medical assistance whenever they feel ill.

Prof Nagu made the remark in Kagera Region on Wednesday while on a tour of the region to assess their preparedness to fight Ebola.

“If anyone has any symptoms of any illness, go to the nearest hospital or call 199 for emergency help,” she advised. “Health professionals in all hospitals continue to investigate Ebola disease symptoms in order to identify it early and ensure that they provide information to relevant authorities when there is a suspicion,” she added.

On September 20th this year, Ebola outbreak was reported in Mubende District in Uganda. The disease has continued to spread and has reached 10 districts, including the city of Kampala and Entebbe, and as of October 31, a total of 130 patients had been confirmed to have the disease and 43 have died.

In addition, recently there have been reports of cholera outbreaks in neighbouring countries and also in a few areas of our country.

“To stay safe and avoid epidemics like Cholera and Ebola, I urge the general public to continue taking precautions, including consulting medical personnel whenever they feel ill, to ensure such diseases are contained as soon as possible,” she said.

The CMO also advised the public to avoid coming into contact with people who have health problems they are unaware of in order to avoid contracting a dangerous infectious disease.

“During this period of Ebola threat, it is better to take precautions first before touching anyone who suddenly has a health problem,” Prof Nagu said.

She further warned the public to avoid holding hands or touching anyone’s body fluids including sweat, urine, feces or blood.

Prof Nagu said people should also continue to cooperate in testing Ebola symptoms in some border areas and airports.

She added that it was equally important to promote the practice of regularly washing hands with running water and soap or using hand sanitisers to protect oneself against infectious diseases such as cholera, Covid-19, Ebola and others that have been shown to be preventable if the community focuses on the issue of hand washing.

“It is also critical to ensure that everyone has the equipment to promote hand hygiene in workplaces, businesses and homes, just as it was during the Covid-19 pandemic,” she added.

The government has continued to take several measures to prevent Ebola from entering the country; just a few days ago, the Minister of Health toured Temeke Hospital in Dar es Salaam to assess their readiness to fight Ebola.

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