ADJUMANI. The Adjumani resident district commissioner (RDC) Mr. Peter Taban Data has asked refugees and the business community in the district to consider suspending movement to Nimule, Elegu in South Sudan and Ariwara in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) if they are to guard against Ebola.
Data made the appeal while addressing stakeholders including refugee leaders during a meeting at Adjumani multipurpose training center over the weekend.
During the meeting, the RDC noted that it has been a habit for refugees in Palorinya and Bidibidi settlements to seek for medication from Ombayi hospital in Eastern DRC which is about 5km from Ariwara where a case of Ebola has been confirmed.
He equally said people of Ariwara do come for treatment in different health units in West Nile, an act he said puts people at high risk of contracting the disease.
Data added that there are known smugglers who commute from Ariwara through Pakele to Elegu and South Sudan but warned them against the practice.
“As the chairperson of security in the district, this is already a source of insecurity and I have instituted the rapid response team to handle the concern,” Data said.
Mr. Wilson Manyok, the refugee welfare councilor III chairperson commended the RDC for the advice and promised to take the message to his fellow refugees.
He also appealed to the different implementing partners to help in sanitizing and providing hand washing materials for refugees to prevent the deadly disease.
Manyok used the opportunity to request refugees to embrace the practice of hand washing and avoid hugging which he notes is a common practice among the refugees.
Meanwhile the Adjumani district health officer, Dr. George Bhoka said the district has been on high Ebola alert right from last year when the outbreak was confirmed in Western Uganda.
He said the district rapid response team has embarked on creating awareness about the signs and symptoms of Ebola to the community.
Bhoka urged people especially in the rural setting to report cases of bleeding through the nose, mouth and other parts of the body for immediate action.
He also advised that in case a bleeding person dies, burial should be left in the hands of health experts.