Uganda announces lockdown as Ebola cases rise
Kampala – The lockdown has been extended in most parts of the country as the Ebola virus continues to cause the nation to be in a state of alarm as cases of the dreaded disease continue to rise.
The lockdown, which was announced last week, came into effect today and it is not known how extended it will be.
President Yoweri Museveni has said the lockdown would be in effect until the end of April until the Ebola virus becomes the No. 1 killer in Africa.
He said, “We must take all measures to stop Ebola,” before adding that all cases should be confirmed.
Meanwhile, health authorities in the country said that of the 545 new Ebola cases reported yesterday, there were 441 in Katuguru and 104 in Bunigida.
Most of the new infected patients, about 500, were children and most cases came from the capital.
Museveni, a former army general who rose to become president after a military coup, said the government was ready to face up to any challenges, saying, “We have made preparations to stop any challenge we may face in the current moment.”
He said the government was taking all measures to combat and control the Ebola virus and urged people to stay at home and to avoid going to work and school.
He urged people to donate money to his National Emergency Fund and he said anyone who left their homes and who had no money to pay for their stay would also be asked to contribute.
All schools in the country have been closed to control the spread of the deadly virus. Museveni said no school would be opened until the end of the lockdown.
He said, “We are very close to achieving the ultimate target of the end of the outbreak, which is two months if not a bit more, which is when they will be able to take control away of the outbreak and the spread of Ebola.”
Dr. Paul Kigozi, the deputy director of the National Ebola Response Centre, said the centre held talks with key stakeholders to