Researchers who last year assessed the infection prevention and control (IPC) capacities at four Ugandan hospitals, which border the Ebola outbreak region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), today detailed the gaps they identified and ways Ugandan authorities responded to better prepare for when cases ultimately appeared in the country this summer.
The IPC recommendations made to these hospitals came from lessons learned during the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014 through 2016, the experts said in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) assessment. Though Ebola treatment centers (ETCs) should be the first point of care for suspected patients, often general health clinics fulfill that role during an outbreak.
In West Africa’s outbreak, which was included urban areas, the implementation of IPC practices in general healthcare facilities was critical to ending healthcare-associated transmission, the authors said.
Many gaps identified
Oct 4 MMWR study
Oct 3 MSF news release
WHO Ebola dashboard
Oct 2 CMRE report