The Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda has praised the leadership at the Ministry of Health as the country is declared ebola-free.
Ambassador Maria Håkansson tweeted her appreciation for Uganda’s Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng describing her leadership as strong.
The country has been declared free of Ebola Virus Disease that was declared in September last year.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ugandan Ministry of Health, as of 3 January 2023, there have been 142 confirmed cases of SVD, of which 55 died (CFR: 39%), and 87 recovered. In addition, 22 deaths among probable cases have been reported in individuals who died before a sample was taken. At least 19 healthcare workers have been infected and seven of them died.
The last reported case was a stillborn 32-week-old male delivered on 27 November 2022 to a woman who survived SVD late in her pregnancy. This case was confirmed after a period of 13 days with no confirmed cases.
Overall, there have been nine Ugandan districts affected by this outbreak: Bunyangabu, Jinja, Kagadi, Kampala, Kassanda, Kyegegwa, Masaka, Mubende, and Wakiso. All districts besides Kassanda have completed two incubation cycles of the virus without reporting any cases. Since the last reported case and until 2 January 2023, 37 days have passed.