Uganda is to become the first country in the world to give a vaccine against Ebola without experiencing an active outbreak.
The country’s health authorities along with the World Health Organization have taken the decision because of the threat of the spread of Ebola from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The vaccine will be given to the health workers in the various health facilities that are accessed by the Ugandans moving in and out of Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, the health workers in the five districts neighboring DRC will be the first to receive the vaccine because they are more exposed to the virus than any other people.
It should be noted that the insecurity around the town of Beni, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has hampered efforts to contain Ebola in the latest outbreak in which 179 people have already died.
The vaccine has been a donation from MAC to World health Organization and so far, 2000 vaccines have been secured.
Most importantly, it should be known that there are no cases of Ebola in the country but the vaccination is being done so that in case of an outbreak, Uganda is very ready.