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WHO and the Ministry of Health Practice healthcare staff for compassionate use of the Ebola vaccine – Uganda

Kasese, November 13, 2018: – When the eruption of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) escalates in the Democratic Republic of Congo,…

Kasese, November 13, 2018: – When the eruption of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) escalates in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda loses all boxes to ensure that the country can respond effectively if there is a confirmed case of Ebola in the country. As of November 13, 2018 there were 295 confirmed cases with 209 deaths and still counting.

Therefore, the Ministry of Health, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) this week, educated health workers on good clinical practice (GCP) courses. This is designed to prepare health workers to conduct clinical trials with human participants. It is an ethical and scientific quality control course that prepares participants to design, perform, perform, monitor, review, record, analyze and report on clinical trials.

The GCP course is important in the ongoing vaccination exercise as it protects the rights, health and safety care and well-being should be vaccinated, minimizing human exposure to research products and improving the quality of data collection and compilation. Compliance with the Standard provides general safety that the rights, safety and well-being of health workers are protected.

During the ongoing vaccination exercise, a total of 97 healthcare practitioners were immunized in the Ntoroko district last week. This week, 659 frontline health professionals, including volunteers at the border, will be immunized in the Kasese district.
Despite small operational challenges, the exercise goes well and is well received by district managers and health workers. In many ways, this vaccination is a “first” for Uganda because the country is the first in the world to distribute the EVD vaccine even before it registers a single case.

This first phase of vaccination exercises will be conducted in five high-risk areas. More districts will be added in the second phase after assessment and upon receipt of more vaccine doses.

The team that conducted the GCP course was covered by healthcare professionals including healthcare professionals, public health professionals, nurses, clinics, midwives, health promotion and training officers plus logistics management executives. These were drawn from high risk and university or health care institutions.

For further information or request interviews, please contact:
Sensasi Benjamin
Health Promotion Advisor
Tel. : +256 41

4 335505
Cell: +256 772 507906
E-mail: [email protected]

Mwebembezi Edmond
Public information officer
Tel. : +256 414 335569
Cell: +256 786 497073
Email: [email protected]

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