Friday, July 19, 2019
Uganda-DRC Border Businesses Booming Despite Ebola Pinch

The authority in Mpondwe Lhubiriha town councils says business is booming despite the Ebola outbreak that had created fear among the business community.

In an interview with Salt TV, Sylvester Mapoze says government efforts in partnership with world health organization have normalized the situation.

Mapoze adds that despite the calmness, they encourage hand washing with treated water as a provisional means to fight the disease.  

According to Pedson Buthala the Bwera hospital administrator, they are prepared to contain the epidemic but revealed that resources are wanting.

Bwera Hospital in Kasese District is the only designated hospital to treat Ebola suspects. Despite being a general hospital, the ministry of health in partnership with world health organization has established the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to handle all Ebola related cases in the Rwenzori sub-region.  

Buthala says despite patients and visitors always be checked at the entry gate, it is the task of health workers to screen the suspects.

He added that the government is doing its work through the ministry of health and line ministries.

Kikanza Thembo a boda-boda rider says their earnings have lowered something he attributes to the politics and bad security. He says that Ebola is not in the area because they don’t have any protective gears that can stop them from contracting the disease.

Meanwhile, Ainomugisha Joab the Border bridge site inspector says following the advocacy by different stakeholders, the construction has not been affected. He adds that measures to avert the disease have been put in place. Ainomugisha reveals that communities have no challenges.

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