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WHO donates extra 3,000 doses of Ebola vaccine to Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated extra 3,000 doses of Ebola vaccine to immunize healthcare workers against the disease.

Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO Country Representative, said on Tuesday that the extra doses would enable to extend the vaccination exercise to 20 high risk districts.

He was speaking at a meeting to discuss the country’s state of preparedness against the disease, which is ravaging communities in neighboring eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ruth Aceng, minister of health, thanked partners and donors for their continued support to Uganda’s preparedness response to Ebola, despite the country not having the disease.

WHO in partnership with the ministry of health on Nov. 25 launched an Ebola vaccination exercise in which it provided the initial 2,100 doses of experimental Ebola vaccine.

According to ministry figures, 2,262 health workers have been vaccinated against Ebola in the high risk districts.

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 WHO, are extremely high, with the human case fatality rate ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent, depending on viral sub-type.



10 killed, 9 injured in road accident in central Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were instantly killed and nine others were critically injured when a truck carrying sugarcane rammed into them in the central Ugandan district of Buikwe, a police spokesperson said Wednesday.

The truck rammed into a group of people during a Kadodi, a traditional dance symbolizing coming of age for teenage boys, Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa regional police spokesperson said in a statement.

“After the accident, all the occupants of the sugarcane truck escaped and police embarked on hunting for the driver,” she said.

The police spokesperson said the injured and the bodies of the deceased had been taken to Jinja regional referral hospital.

This accident occurred on the same day when at least 19 people were killed and six others injured in a road accident in the eastern district of Kapchorwa.

Uganda registers about 20,000 road accidents each year, with some 2,000 deaths, making it one of the countries with the highest traffic death rates, according to police statistics.



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