Uganda closes clubs, limits gatherings to curb Ebola spread

Friday September 23 2022
Mubende Hospital in Uganda.

Officials at Mubende Hospital in central Uganda install beds meant for the Ebola Treatment Unit on September 22, 2022. Health officials have suspended the operations of entertainment centres and banned crowded burials and wedding parties in Mubende District to curb the spread of Ebola. PHOTO | NMG


Health officials and civic leaders have suspended operations of entertainment centres and limited the number of people attending burials and weddings in Mubende District as they race to curb the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The country has confirmed seven cases of Ebola so far, including one death – a 24-year-old who was confirmed dead on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Health Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona said the death of a child in the area has been linked to probable Ebola.

In Mubende, the district Ebola taskforce imposed restrictions on visits to public offices in measures that mirror the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Mubende Resident District Commissioner, Ms Rosemary Byabashaija, who also doubles as the head of the Ebola taskforce in Mubende, said allowing gatherings to continue would be risking people’s lives as the virus spreads rapidly through physical contact.

“Since Ebola is spread through body contacts and it can highly be spread in congested places, we have come to a decision to suspend entertainment places, congested places, limit number of people attending weddings and introductions,” she said.


Officials are tracing people who were in contact with those infected with Ebola.