TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

DREF reports Ebola outbreak in Uganda

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund reported on Monday that an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has been confirmed in Luwero district in Uganda.

The Ebola virus is one of the deadliest infections in the world and is known to kill more than 90 percent of those who are infected. The virus starts with sudden influenza-like symptoms, which eventually escalates and begins affecting more parts of the body. These symptoms keep escalating until multiple organs shut down.

The outbreak, which first occurred on November 19, was met with a DREF that provided financial support to the Uganda Red Cross Society. The money was used for house to house health campaigns meant to inform people on the recent outbreak and help them keep clean and healthy habits.

When the outbreak took place, the URCS's Luwero Branch took part in a joint assessment with the District Health Office, Ministry of Health and WHO. Together, they went over the magnitude of the emergency and set guidelines for disease control actions.

The URCS mobilized 150 volunteers to help with outbreak control activities and psychosocial support. The volunteers were also involved with health education and promotion campaigns meant to improve community knowledge on the signs and symptoms of Ebola.