Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng

The Ministry of Health has declared Uganda free of yellow fever following an outbreak that affected seven people in three mid southwest districts, and claimed the lives of four others mid this year.

On June 1 this year, just two weeks before she was appointed health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the then Director General of Health Services, announced that no new cases had been found in the three affected districts of Masaka, Rukungiri and Kalangala.

In her letter however, Dr Aceng said yellow fever had pitched at over 90 per cent, scaling the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognized percentage of 80.

She added that at the time the vaccines for yellow fever were in ‘short supply globally’.

At the time Dr Aceng also said that the National Taskforce Surveillance team would remain in the affected districts to monitor the progress.

 

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