Govt: No Travel Restrictions over Red Eye Disease

Red eye disease patient. PHOTO/FILE

Summary:

  • The Health Ministry and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority confirm no travel restrictions for individuals with red eye disease, assuring it’s not fatal. Efforts to contain the outbreak include public awareness and active response from various agencies.

The Health Ministry and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) have clarified that there are no travel restrictions for individuals affected by red eye disease. This statement comes in response to concerns among some Ugandans who feared travel restrictions upon departure from the country due to the condition.

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Dr. Allan Muruta, the commissioner for Integrated Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Public Health Emergencies at the ministry, emphasized that red eye disease is not fatal and there are no limitations on travel. He advised people to maintain hand hygiene as a preventive measure.

Similarly, Mr. Vianney Luggya, the spokesperson for UCAA, stated that there is no information indicating that foreign countries are imposing restrictions on travelers with red eye disease (conjunctivitis).

The Health Ministry highlighted that the viral disease is self-limiting, meaning it can resolve on its own, although symptomatic relief and medication may be necessary for a quicker recovery.

Dr. Daniel Kyabayinze, the director of Public Health at the ministry, assured the public that the infection typically resolves within a few days to a week and is not life-threatening.

Efforts to contain the outbreak include public awareness campaigns on preventive measures and the management of infected individuals. The Ministry of Health, Kampala Capital City Authority, and the Public Health Department of Uganda Prisons Services (UPS) are actively responding to the outbreak. As of April 7, 2024, UPS has reported 4,853 recoveries, with 1,044 cases under isolation. Schools and private healthcare facilities are also involved in responding to community cases.

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