A specialized agency of the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), has ordered for the mandatory Ebola screening of all passengers entering the country through Entebbe international airport.
Initially, airport authorities were screening only passengers returning on flights from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, the head of Ebola screening, Simon Ebachu, stated that WHO has instructed that all passengers entering the country to be screened.
The mandatory screening comes at a time when DRC is struggling to contain an Ebola outbreak that broke out in August 2018 in the North Kivu Province, along the border with Uganda. According to statistics from the ministry of Health in DRC, at least 700 people have been infected with the Ebola virus since it broke out. Of those infected, 370 have died.
More than 40 health workers have been stationed at the airport to screen all passengers.