Schools re-open after Ebola attack

Pupils of Kakindo Primary School in Kibaale District attend a lesson yesterday. Schools have re-opened after authorities did not register any new cases of Ebola. PHOTO BY ROBERT MUHEREZA.

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Back to business. Schools and markets in Kibaale District have re-opened after authorities confirmed no more cases of the haemorrhagic fever.

More than 200 schools that were indefinitely closed in Kibaale District following the outbreak of Ebola, have been allowed to re-open for the third term after all cases of the disease were discharged from Kagadi Hospital.

“After consultation with World Health Organisation, the ministries of Health and Education, the district has cleared markets and schools to resume normal operations,” Mr Stephen Mfashingabo, the vice chairperson of the district Ebola task force, said on Wednesday.

Mr Mfashingabo, who is also the district vice chairperson, said medical officials will continue to closely monitor activities in schools and markets to ensure they do not become centres of infection.

Schools and markets were closed after medical officials registered back to back cases of people infected with the highly contagious disease. The district education officer, Mr John Kyaboona had, last month, announced the closure of over 220 private and government-aided primary and secondary schools in the counties of Buyaga East, Buyaga west and Buyanja.

He said the closure was a precautionary measure to prevent a possibility of massive infections given the fact that Ebola is highly infectious. The District health officer, Dr Dan Kyamanywa, said surveillance teams have not detected any new cases in the district since the last patient was discharged last week.

Mr Kyamanywa said if no new confirmed Ebola cases are registered, the district will be declared Ebola-free after the completion of 21 days when the last case was discharged from hospital.

Markets re-opened on Monday although Muhorro, Kagadi, Karuguuza and Mabaale, which were popular, have registered low turn ups.

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