KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda has dispatched a contingent of 219 troops
and civilians for a two-week joint East African Community Field
Training Exercise (EAC-FTX) in Tanzania, a military spokesperson
said on Thursday.
Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki,
Uganda’s deputy military spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone
that 163 soldiers, 37 police officers, two prisons officers and
17 civilian personnel will participate in the 11th
field training exercise, dubbed “FTX USHIRIKINO IMARA” in Tanga
Akiiki said the
exercise, which attracts over 1,000 troops and civilians from
the six EAC partner states, is designed based on peace support
operations, disaster management, counter terrorism and counter
“The aim of the
exercise is to jointly train and exercise the military, the
police and civilian components from the six participating EAC
partner states on joint planning and conduct of operations
necessary to resolve arising crisis,” said Akiiki.
The troops are drawn
from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.
The Ugandan team led
by Brig. James Ruhensi was flagged off by Lt. Gen. Wilson Mbadi,
deputy Chief of Defenses Forces on Wednesday at the Gadaffi
military cantonment headquarters in the eastern town of Jinja.
The participants are
expected to enhance the state of readiness of the partner
states’ armed forces, police, civilian components and other
stakeholders in response to complex and multidimensional
security challenges in the region.
It will also
strengthen cooperation, integration agenda, planning and conduct
of public affairs in support of operations among EAC partner
The field training
exercise was established in 2004 to train forces within EAC
member states as a means of demonstrating compatibility and
readiness to deploy in peace support operations, basing on past
experiences of conflicts in Africa, such as the 1994 Rwanda
Uganda’s largest transformer at joint venture with China
MUKONO, Uganda (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday
unveiled the country’s largest power transformer at a plant run
by the first private joint venture between Uganda and China.
and Electrics Ltd, located in the central Ugandan district of
Mukono, about 15 km east of Kampala, was established in 2012 and
started production in 2015.
Tucked in the middle
of Namanve Industrial Park, Orion Transformers and Electrics Ltd
is the only transformer-making factory in the east Africa
former chairman of Uganda Investment Authority, told reporters
at the plant that it is through such ventures that Uganda can
fast track its development.
When factories set
up base in Uganda, they are not only creating jobs but also
transfering skills, said Bitature, also a prominent businessman.
are what we need to develop skills. We need them to train our
people, if the skills are transferred, then it is a win-win,” he
The factory now
produces 1,500 transformers and switch-gear annually, with an
output value of 10 million U.S. dollars.
Local employees have
now gained skills and can carry on with the works at the plant,
said factory general manager Liu Hanlin.
Out of the 35
workers who assemble and repair transformers, only three are
Chinese nationals and the rest are locals, he said.
Liu said the factory
has trained over 70 local workers since 2015 and that some of
them have ended up leaving the country to work elsewhere because
of the skills they gained.
chairman of Orion Transformers and Electrics Ltd, said the firm
hopes to eventually invest 100 million dollars and create 5,000
Uganda confirms Crimean-Congo
hemorrhagic fever case in western district
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda ministry of health on Wednesday confirmed
a case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in the western
district of Kabarole.
senior public relation officer for the ministry of health, told
Xinhua by telephone that laboratory results from samples taken
from a female patient under isolation at Fort Portal regional
referral hospital tested positive of the fever.
“There is a
confirmed case of CCHF in Kabarole, but there are measures put
in place to ensure that the disease doesn’t spread,” Ainebyoona
He said a national
rapid response team from the ministry of health and that of
agriculture, animal industry and fisheries has been dispatched
to Kabarole to handle and contain the outbreak.
The CCHF is a
tick-borne illness transmitted to humans through tick bites. It
can also be transmitted through direct contact with the blood,
secretions and the organs of infected people.
According to the
World Health Organization, a CCHF outbreak constitutes a threat
to public health.
The global health
body says the fever, endemic in Africa, the Balkans and the
Middle East, is associated with a high case fatality ratio of
Uganda to vaccinate high-risk
health workers against Ebola
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda will start Ebola vaccinations next Monday,
targeting frontline health workers in high-risk districts
bordering the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where
there is an outbreak.
Jane Ruth Aceng,
minister of health, told reporters here on Friday that with
World Health Organization (WHO) support, Uganda has procured
over 2,100 of rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccines, and while supplementary
doses have been requested.
frontline health workers in the five high-risk districts of
Kabarole, Bunyangabo, Kasese, Bundibugyo, and Ntoroko, which
border the DRC, are targeted.
“Our health workers
are the highest risk population for Ebola,” said Aceng,
accompanied by WHO officials.
She said Ebola
preparedness and response activities are in high gear in Uganda,
even though there is no outbreak in the country.
Woldemariam, WHO country representative in Uganda, said the
vaccine is safe as evidenced from its previous use in Guinea,
Sierra Leone and the DRC.
The Ebola virus is
highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including
fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in
many cases internal and external bleeding.
Mortality rates of
Ebola fever, according to the WHO, are extremely high, with the
human case fatality rate ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent,
depending on viral sub-type.
Rwanda sets up Ebola response
center at border with DR Congo
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda Ministry of Health has set up an Ebola
center in Rubavu district bordering the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (DR Congo) as part of overall preparedness against the
disease, an official said on Tuesday.
The functions of the
center, which was inaugurated on Monday, include Ebola screening
and treatment, said Jose Nyamusore, head of Epidemic
Surveillance and Response Division at Rwanda Biomedical Center,
at a media briefing in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
The establishment of
the fully-equipped center is part of the major national Ebola
preparedness and response plan, Nyamusore said.
management trainings for medical staff at health facilities,
security organs, Red Cross volunteers, and community health
workers are being conducted by the health ministry with its
partners, he said.
country has stepped up Ebola awareness and community engagement
throughout the country using various communication channels, he
Ministry of Health
on Monday with its partners conducted a full scale simulation
exercise to test the country’s readiness in Ebola case detection
and management in Rubavu district, following a mock response
exercise for Rwandan army medical personnel last week.
Since the outbreak
of Ebola in DR Congo, Rwanda has put in place strict prevention
measures against the disease.
UN resolution on DRC Ebola
outbreak emphasizes international support
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
A resolution on the latest Ebola outbreak in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) adopted Tuesday by the UN
Security Council emphasizes the importance of continued
emphasizes “the importance of continued international support,
including financial support, in order to bring the Ebola
outbreak under control.”
It also encourages
the DRC, the World Health Organization and other Ebola
responders to continue to “improve the transparency and accuracy
of reporting on the status of the outbreak.”
expresses concern that “the security situation impedes response
to and containment of the Ebola virus in the DRC.”
It urges that all
parties to respect international humanitarian law and
international human rights law and that they ensure immediate
and unhindered access for humanitarian and medical personnel and
that their equipment and medical facilities are protected under
The resolution also
condemns rebel groups “for putting responders at risk and
hampering response efforts.”
The resolution was
initiated by Ethiopia, which worked in close cooperation with
Sweden. Several Council members co-sponsored the resolution.
The latest outbreak
of Ebola happened in North Kivu and Ituri of the DRC in August.
According to the WHO, as of Oct. 23 there were 212 confirmed and
35 probable cases of Ebola. Of the 159 deaths reported, 124 are
confirmed Ebola-related deaths and 35 are probable Ebola-related
This is not the
first time the Council has addressed the interaction between an
Ebola epidemic and the maintenance of international peace and
security. During the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone,
and Guinea in 2014, the Council adopted Resolution 2177 on Sept.
18, 2014, determining that “the unprecedented extent of the
Ebola outbreak in Africa constitutes a threat to international
peace and security.”