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Schools to Close Early in Efforts to Combat Ebola

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Goverment through the Ministry of Education and Sports has ordered schools across the country to end the school calendar early in order to contain further spread of Ebola among school children.

This comes after 8 out of the 23 children who were infected succumbed to the deadly disease.

While addressing journalists at Uganda Media Center on Thursday, The State Minister for primary Education, Joyce Kaducu said that Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary schools will close on 25th November 2022, adding that “The District, City, Municipality Education officers and Head teachers should take note and act accordingly.”

Gorvernment declared Ebola Sudan outbreak on 20th September and has since registered 135 cases with 53 deaths due to the disease.

Following a suggestion by the Ministry of Health for Gorvernment to close schools earlier this month, President Museveni affirmed that closing schools earlier will reduce areas of concentration where children are in daily close contact with fellow children, teachers and other staff who could potentially spread the virus.

Closure of the schools comes on the sporadity heels of an unprecedented two-year school hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic which significantly which brought learning to a halt.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans and other primates. Nearly all Ebola outbreaks have occurred in Africa and transmission of the virus typically occurs when a person comes into contact with the bodily fluids of another infected individual.

According to World Health Organization, Starting patient care early saves lives. The WHO further released a statement on November 3 outlining its plans to begin clinical trials of the candidate vaccines. Makerere University Lung Institute in Kampala, Uganda is set to conduct the trials with support from WHO, CEPI, and GAVI.

To-date, Mubende and Kassanda district are still under lockdown following an extention by Government through the Minister of Health last week.

The WHO reveals that there has been seven previous outbreaks of the Ebola Sudan strain, four in Uganda and three in Sudan.

Uganda last reported an outbreak of Ebola Sudan strain in 2012 and an outbreak of the Ebola Zaire strain in 2019.

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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."


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