"We are confident that we have strong surveillance teams on the ground and we have built sufficient capacity to tackle public health emergencies."
State minister of health for general duties Sarah Opendi addressing a press conference on Sunday. (Credit: Kennedy Oryema)
HEALTH | FEVER
KAMPALA - The Ministry of Health said there is no Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Uganda on Tuesday, in response to earlier reports by the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) that the deadly virus disease had emerged in some parts of the country.
"I want to inform the public that we do not have any suspected case of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in communities," state minister of health for general duties was reported as saying on the ministry's Twitter page.
"In case, there is anyone in the community who has fever,headache, vomiting, diarrhea and body ache, please report to nearest health facility," she added.
Earlier, a nine-year-old child, reportedly from Nakaseke district, was said to have tested positive for the fever.
However, the health ministry's permanent secretary Diana Atwine told journalists that there was no cause for alarm, that Uganda has the capacity to deal with epidemics.
On Sunday, Opendi told a press conference that "no cases" had passed due to the Congo-Crimean Fever and that the Government was working to control ticks, the carriers of the disease.
"We are confident that we have strong surveillance teams on the ground and we have built sufficient capacity to tackle public health emergencies," the minister added.
On Tuesday, re-emphasised the ministry's stance on the disease.
"The Ministry of Health always informs the public when there is an outbreak in the country. It is not true, as alleged, that the ministry is concealing an outbreak."
Opendi urged UMA not to raise "alarm among the public" and instead work with the ministry.
"I appeal to @TheUMAofficial to work closely with Ministry of Health rather than raising alarms among the public. We have a National Task Force that sits weekly, please join them in their meetings rather than creating fear among the population," the ministry tweeted Opendi as having said.
"Doctors please use personal protective gear at all times when handling patients."
Meanwhile, UMA has asked the government to come out clearly on the status of the deadly disease.
"There was a confirmed case on December 26, 2017 and we have learnt that this case was discharged. We state that one confirmed case of Congo-crimean is an epidemic already. It should activate emergency levels, it should activate epidemic levels," UMA president Dr Ekwaro Obuku said.