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EATTA, UTA to proceed as planned with Tea conference amidst Ebola scares

On Tuesday 11th June 2019, the Minister of Health, Hon Dr. Jane Aceng, made an official statement of an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Kasese District, South West Uganda.

The index case was a 5-year-old male who travelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with his mother on 9th June 2019 after attending a burial of the grandfather who had succumbed to EVD. The 5-year old’s results were confirmed positive for Ebola Zaire by PCR on the evening of 11th June 2019 and he later succumbed to EVD at about 9.45 pm.

The family has been quarantined in Kagando Hospital which is situated 410 kilometers (255 miles) away from Kampala. Uganda has already vaccinated about 4,700 health workers against the disease in more than 150 health facilities throughout the country and is well prepared to battle an outbreak of the disease.

In preparation for any suspected case, Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) have been set up in the past at Bundibugyo General Hospital, Bwera Hospital in Kasese and Rwebisengo Health Center in Ntoroko district and fully equipped and on standby to manage any alert or suspect or confirmed case.

Despite this announcement, the 4th Africa Tea Convention and Exhibition will be held as originally announced from 26th to 28th June 2019 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Over 500 delegates and 30 exhibitors from 20 countries globally are expected to attend the Convention.

The convention and Exhibition will be opened by H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda.

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde will be there to welcome H.E the President and also the visitors and delegates. The Convention will have an exhibition part that shall feature the latest trends and tea products from all over the world and provide a one-on-one interaction of the global tea industry experts.

Serena Hotel the venue of the convention, is closely monitoring the situation and has put in place measures to ensure that the likelihood of delegates getting exposed is minimized.

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