Rift Valley Fever Confirmed In Kabale District

Information reaching Wakeupafrica360 from our correspondent in Uganda has it that the Ministry of Health, Uganda, has confirmed the outbreak of the Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the Kabale District of the country. This confirmation is coming after a Boda Boda rider at Voice of Kigezi stage in Kabale town by name, Robert Mwesigye, died on July 22 at the Kabale Regional Referral Hospital where he was rushed to after he presented signs and symptoms of the Rift Valley Fever (RVF). He had severe headache, sore throat, cough, vomiting and was complaining of joint and muscle pains. This was according to one of the Boda Boda operators at Voice of Kigezi Stage who spoke on the incident but preferred to be anonymous.

Photo of the Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Health Uganda, Mr. Emmanuel Ainebyoona

Reacting to the situation, the Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Emmanuel Ainebyoona made a statement yesterday that they have started tracing those who came in contact with the deceased. According to him, “ We appeal to the public to be vigilant to avoid contracting the disease as the Health Ministry continues to carry out surveillance in the area.” The Acting Kabale District Health Officer has also cone out to say that they have submitted the results of the deceased to the Uganda’s Ministry of Health. By Definition, the Rift Valley Fever is a viral disease most commonly seen in domesticated animals in Sub-Saharan Africa such as in cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and camels. Human beings can get the Rift Valley Fever through contact with blood, body fluids, and tissues of infected animals or through bites from infected mosquitoes.

On other news making the rounds at this hour, the International Rescue Committee has reported that the coronavirus is rapidly spreading across Africa. According to them, “The Covid-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading across Africa and a lack of adequate testing is preventing health care professionals from being able to assess and fight the spread of the disease.” The IRC is a global NGO dedicated to responding to humanitarian crisis and according to them, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa more than doubled in July, and over the past two months, it rose by 500%. Every country in which IRC is involved has completed not less than 8000 test per million people. This is a stark contrast to countries like Britain where there are 205,782 tests per million. The IRC believes that because of low testing levels in Africa, the actual levels of Covid-19 in the continent are probably much higher than the reported numbers shown. The lack of adequate testing is believed to be a result of low testing capacity, poor health infrastructure and social stigma. Therefore, the IRC is calling for increased resources and funds from the International community so that it can increase testing in Africa and fight the virus too. According to Stacey Mearns, senior technical adviser for Emergency Health at the IRC, she said and I quote, “where testing is insufficient, we are fighting this disease in the dark and we are worried this could be a tip of the iceberg. Without increased financial assistance, we risk an undetected and uncontrolled spread and a response fighting with a hand tied behind its back.”

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