Kampala-President Yoweri Museveni has reassured tourists that Uganda is safe for stay and travel.
This is after reports indicated that some tourists have been canceling their trips to Uganda and some postponing them due to Ebola Outbreak in the country.
During his televised address to the nation on Ebola outbreak on Tuesday evening, the president said government has put in place measures to control the spread of the disease that is currently reported in six out of the 146 districts in Uganda.
“I have been informed that tourists have been canceling their trips to Uganda and some have even postponed their bookings in hotels and lodges due to the Ebola outbreak. Furthermore, international conferences and meetings have been postponed and some moved to other countries due to the Ebola outbreak. This is most unfortunate,” he said.
He added, “I would like to reassure the international community, tourists and conference organizers and the entire Ugandan population, that Government has put in place measures to control the outbreak. The Ebola outbreak is localized to only 6 out of the 146 districts.Uganda remains safe and we welcome international guests.
The president said government is doing all it takes to control this epidemic and avoid exportation outside Uganda.
In this regard, he said, the list of Ebola contacts has been availed to the Immigration Authorities to prevent them from international travel.
“In addition, there is screening at the airport and land border points of entry for temperature, symptoms and history of contact,” notes the president
The Ebola Outbreak which was declared in Uganda on September 20th 2022, has so far claimed 55 lives with 141 confirmed cases while 73 have recovered from the disease and 13 are admitted at the Ebola Treatment Units(ETUs).
The affected districts include Mubende, Kasanda, Kampala City, Wakiso, Masaka and recently Jinja. Bunyangabu and Kagadi districts have been dropped from the follow up list because they have completed 42 days, which is 2 incubation cycles of the virus, without a case.
Mubende and Kassanda where the outbreak started were put under lockdown as part of the measures to contain the disease.