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DR Congo ex-ministers jailed for stealing Ebola funds

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | DR Congo’s former health minister, who led the fight against a deadly Ebola outbreak, was sentenced to jail along with a colleague on Monday for stealing funds destined to fight the disease. Oly Ilunga was sentenced to five years in jail by the Court of Cassation, while the former …

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DRC discharges last ebola patient from a treatment facility

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  The DRC has discharged the last Ebola patient from a treatment center located in  the North Eastern town of Beni according to the country’s Ministry of Health. Thishis comes after more than a year after an Ebola outbreak was declared in DRC in August 2018. …

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Ebola screening at entry points no longer necessary-WHO

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT | Even as Ebola Haemorrhagic fever outbreak is still on-going in DR Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the Emergency Committee does not consider entry screening at airports or other ports of entry outside the region to be necessary. In a statement issued …

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Health workers abandon ebola screening centers over pay

Buliisa, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  More than 100 health workers deployed to manage various Ebola screening centers in Bullisa district have abandoned their duty stations citing none payment. The affected include members of Village Health teams-VHTs and Health workers attached to various health facilities in the district.   The affected workers …

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Funding for disease outbreaks to expire next month

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The overwhelming number of disease outbreaks is stretching the budget for health emergencies. This is according to Dr Allan Muruta the Commissioner Public Health Emergencies at the Ministry of Health. Muruta says that a loan worth 15 million dollars which they secured from the …

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Fear as red cross withdraws ebola screening volunteers

Kisoro, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Kisoro district Ebola surveillance officials are concerned about the partial withdrawal Ebola screening volunteers deployed by Uganda Red Cross Society-URCS from the Uganda-Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC borders. Red Cross had deployed Ebola surveillance staff at seven entry points including Bunagana, Chanika, Kanombe Ntek, …

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Health Ministry to prioritize funding to tackle disease outbreaks

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health will in 2020 prioritize raising funds to address disease  outbreaks. Last year, a number of disease outbreaks were reported in the country. These include cases of measles and rubella, cholera, malaria and three confirmed cases of Ebola. Dr Jane …

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