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Has Uganda successfully dealt with its Ebola endemic or should the country still be worried?

A significant worry was caused by the recent Ebola outbreak in Uganda, which affected over 100 people.

Fortunately, the Ebola outbreak appears to have been limited despite the tragedy that afflicted the Ugandan regions of Mubende and Kassanda.

According to a Friday report from a top health official, the final known Ebola patient has been released from the hospital.

Diana Atwine, a prominent official at the health ministry, posted on Twitter, “Happy to inform that we released the final Ebola patient… God has seen us through this epidemic.”

She went on to say that in the upcoming weeks, health officials will keep an eye on those who had contact with the infected patients.

Ugandans have experienced a roller-coaster of emotions over the past few months, especially those who live in the Mubende and Kassanda areas, which served as the virus’s “ground zero” spread.

When the virus was first discovered, Ugandan officials appeared to be partially dismissive of the threat it posed right away. The Ebola strain did, however, make it to Kampala, the nation’s capital, compelling Ugandan officials to pay closer attention to the developing public health issue.

As a result of the disaster, travel restrictions for people entering from Uganda were put in place by a number of countries throughout the world.

Following a growing panic in the region, the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni placed a lock-down on several districts, and prohibited all public gatherings. Institutions like churches and schools were mandated to seize every and all activities, and a curfew followed suit.

Given that 142 individuals have reduced to 0 in just a few weeks, it would appear that the protocols in place have produced outstanding outcomes.

The World Health Organization has issued a warning that it will take at least 42 days—more than twice the maximum incubation period—to accurately assess the Ebola situation in the afflicted areas. However, Uganda has stated that it will assess the situation over the course of 21 days.

Diana Atwine pointed out that until a person had been free for 21 days, doctors would continue to watch over those who had come into contact with infected patients. When was the most recent new case confirmed? she omitted to say.

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