MOYO. The State Minister of Health in charge of Primary Health Care Dr Joyce Moriku Kaduchu has asked the residents of Moyo district to desist from the social and cultural practice of shaking hands.

This follows the recent outbreak of Ebola in Western Uganda that has so far claimed two people with many still admitted in Kasese.

Moriku who was over the weekend addressing hundreds of locals during a wedding ceremony in Moyo town said the deadly epidemic was detected on refugees who entered Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

She explained that some of the refugees ended up contracting the disease when they decided to sneak back to Congo to attend a funeral, only to return ill.

“Now that there is Ebola in Uganda. Let us avoid our tradition of handshake since it is one of the ways of contracting the disease,” Moriku warned.

“We should also avoid social gatherings and when somebody starts bleeding through the nose, mouth and ears, let us report the case to the nearest health workers for further management. In case such a person dies, please don’t bury him or her yourself,” Moriku advised.

Moriku said the government has put in place relevant measures for curbing the deadly killer disease which now calls for vigilance among the members of the public.

Last year, Adjumani district health department in partnership with the medical team international, embarked on training of health workers on Ebola surveillance and detection after the disease broke out in DRC.

The ministry of health has since then, directed all districts to be alert and prepare to curb the contagious disease.

Mr Paul Olony, the Adjumani district disease surveillance officer said the district is currently on Ebola high alert.

He said they had rumours about three cases in the district which were later tested to be negative.

Olony maintained that Ebola is real and there is a need to increase surveillance, especially at Ugandan International border points.

He noted that the biggest Ebola threat is posed by the mobility of the businessmen and women to and from DRC and South Sudan using the porous border.

Olony equally appealed to officials of institutions, markets, churches and other public places to consider introducing compulsory hand washing to step up Ebola prevention.