The outbreak killed at least 56 people and infected 142 others. To control the spread, the government locked down two districts of Mubende and Kassanda, the epicenters of the virus.
“We have defeated Ebola. We have now overcome Ebola. Why? Because people have listened. Simple. I want to thank the medical staff. When we are giving medals, we shall have to give medical staff…because in this war of Corona [virus] and Ebola, they are always on the frontline,” he said during his national address last evening.
On Saturday, the government lifted the lockdown on the two most affected districts after spending several days without getting any Ebola patients.
Despite defeating Ebola, the President said the country is now faced with a rise in malaria cases. This has left more than 2,489 dead in 10 months. A total of 2,773 people succumbed to the disease last year.
“Malaria is also becoming a problem. The people dying from malaria are as many as those that died from Covid-19,” Mr Museveni said.
The President said 14.3 million Ugandans have been infected with malaria since the year began, compared to 11.3 million people, who suffered from the disease in 2021. He said 75 districts have high malaria cases led by Yumbe, Tororo, Adjumani, Kamuli, and Agago. Kampala City and Wakiso District are also among the areas with high malaria cases.
He attributed that rise in malaria cases to poor use of protective measures. These include sleeping under treated mosquito nets, clearing of bushes around homes, and leaving stagnant water near residences.
He urged Ugandans to clear bushes, stagnant water and sleep under treated mosquito nets.
Museveni said the rise in HIV/Aids infections among young people aged between 15 and 24 is worrying. He urged the health workers to intensify the campaigns to teach people to avoid having unprotected sex.
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