Oct 31, 2012
MPs want public celebrations, meetings and gatherings suspended in marburg-affected districts.
“There is going to be the 50th independence anniversary celebration in Mbarara on November 2. Such gatherings should be suspended until these places are declared marburg-free,” Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo, the Mbarara municipality MP, appealed yesterday
He was responding to a statement by health minister Dr. Christine Ondoa on the status of marburg outbreak in the districts of Kabale, Mbarara, Ibanda and Kabarole.
Ondoa reaffirmed the Government’s efforts to avoid the spread. “We are going to suspend public gatherings and meetings in places of the outbreaks. Uganda is an epidemic-prone country and disease outbreaks are frequent and more funds and personnel are needed for this division,” she said.
Stephen Tashobya, the Kajara County MP, asked the ministry to pay risk allowances to health workers managing the marburg outbreak.