Despite the government measures in place to protect Rwandans against deadly ebola, the Ministry of health calls upon all Rwandans to report any signs of ebola or suspicion of the disease’s symptoms if witnessed. Ebola broke out in Western Uganda, places neightbouring Rwanda.
Over the weekend, Uganda’s Ministry of Health and WHO confirmed an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Kibale district in Western Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Twenty people have been affected so far and 14 people have died.
Kibale district is approximately 300 Km from the Rwandan border and specifically the districts of Musanze, Nyagatare, Gicumbi and Burera. Due to high traffic and population movements, there is risk that Ebola can be imported to Rwanda at any time.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a highly contagious disease transmitted from person to person and characterised by fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pains and bleeding from all orifices.
However, no case has been reported in Rwanda of Ebola and all medical supplies needed have been assembled and dispatched to health facilities in the bordering districts.