With the number of reported cases of the Ebola virus disease rising, Kyofatogabye Kabuye, the minister of state for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, has issued a warning that a lockdown in Kampala is inevitable.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa, director of general health services for the ministry of health, reports that approximately 15 Ebola cases have been reported in Kampala to date, with two cases coming from Sseguku, one from Nansana, and another from Makindye.
Dr. Samuel Oledo, head of the Uganda Medical Association (U.M.A), asked for a lockdown in Kampala during the KFM Hotseat show on Monday in order to stop the sickness from spreading further and warned that things could get out of hand.
Minister Kyofatogabye reaffirmed these ideas in an interview with KFM, saying that the increasing number of Ebola cases is concerning and that quick containment measures are required. But he adds that they are awaiting policy direction from the ministry of health.
The Ebola virus has been infected by seven members of one household in Kampala, according to the Ministry of Health. The family got in touch with the person who passed away at Kiruddu Hospital. As the number of Ebola cases reaches 10, city authorities have established toll-free numbers to call.