Uganda: Ebola

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 25 October 2022.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

On 20 September, the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Mubende District, central Uganda. As of 17 October, there were 60 confirmed cases and 24 confirmed deaths. The British High Commission in Kampala is monitoring the outbreak closely and is in regular contact with the Government of Uganda, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partners on the ground. FCDO Travel Advice is updated regularly to reflect the latest situation and advises against all but essential travel to Mubende District in Central Uganda. It also reflects the Government of Uganda's decision to impose 21-day partial lockdowns on Mubende and Kassanda Districts. On 12 October 2022, the UK announced £2.2 million of funding to support different elements of the response: £900,000 to UNICEF for community engagements and hygiene measures in health facilities and schools; £900,000 to the World Food Programme for transport, storage and logistical support; and £400,000 to the WHO for co-ordination, local surveillance and laboratory diagnosis.

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