Uganda Seeks International Help with Rising Ebola Outbreak

Target: Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa

Goal: Encourage organization to continue its work in targeting and eliminating the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

Several deadly cases of Ebola in Uganda have officials worried that an outbreak may not be too far away. Over the past month, 14 Ugandans have died from the deadly disease and a total of 26 new cases have been brought to the attention of local hospitals. With these numbers expected to rise, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is urging residents of the country to be wary of unnecessary contact.

“Avoid shaking hands, because that can cause contact through sweat, which can cause problems,” Museveni warned in a state broadcast. “Do not take on burying somebody who has died from symptoms that look like Ebola—instead call health care workers because they know how to do it.” Museveni also went on to encourage residents to “avoid promiscuity” as that can be another conduit for the disease to travel.

Although rare, the highly infectious Ebola disease is characterized by fever, weakness, pain in joints and muscles, sore throat and headaches. As the disease progresses in the body, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains weaken patients; eventually, both internal and external bleeding will force the patient to succumb to the disease. Without a certain cure, the Ebola virus can eventually kill around 25% to 90% of infected patients.

Already, multiple global health organizations are on the grounds in Uganda, hoping to help eliminate the problem before it gets any worse. In order to better protect the people of Uganda (and all they come into contact with); these organizations must be encouraged to continue their work until the threat is minimized.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Sambo,

Several cases of Ebola in Uganda have quickly turned to near 30. Already, 14 Ugandans have died due to this disease, and the number can be expected to rise as the contagion spreads itself further across communities.

In order to prevent the spread of this infectious disease, efforts need to be strengthened that would better educate the Ugandan public about the importance of safety and prevention. Through the help of organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ministry of Health of Uganda (MoH), this problem will hopefully be solved before it gets any worse.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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