Panic in Arua as Congolese Woman Succumbs to Ebola in Neighbouring village
Members of the public and health workers in Arua and other West Nile districts are on high alert after unidentified woman died of Ebola in Ariwara town, 34 kilometres from Arua town.
The victim died on Tuesday at Ariwara after encountering with dozens of people many of whom are from Uganda. Ariwara town is often frequented by Congolese businessmen and women who travel to Arua town on daily basis through the porous border with minimal checks.
The fresh Ebola death has now put security teams and health officials under pressure to trace for 177 persons the victim is believed to have come in to contact with prior to her death.
Currently, the markets along Uganda-DRC border are under strict surveillance by security and health personnel from the two countries.
According to Arua RDC Nahori Oya Awa, their counterparts in DRC have confirmed the death of the woman and warns the people against shaking hands. He has also directed the police to put checkpoints along the borders and ensure hand washing facilities are put in place.
Dr Paul Bisop Drileba, the Arua District Health Officer says that residents should reduce socializing with Congolese who come to Arua town to avoid possibility of contracting the disease.
The Health Inspector Arua district local government Manase Anziku confirmed the death saying that preventive measures have been heightened at the Uganda- Congo border.