There is an outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fever in Uganda. But Uganda government refutes to confirm the outbreak for fear of scaring away tourists. Uganda health officials tell journalists to claim that the outbreak is dysentery.
The cases of viral hemorrhagic fever are on rise. The people in Western Uganda are already in fear over the outbreak.
Dr. Anthony Mbonye, the commissioner for community health, tells journalists to claim that the samples taken from two patients in the community were tested at the Central Public Health laboratories (CPHL) and did not show any signs of a viral hemorrhagic fever.
He has told them to report that the outbreak was largely a hygiene problem, occurred among the Bakiga immigrants from Kabale district who settled in the area.
He says journalists should report that the people of western Uganda have poor access to clean water and this has generally got poor sanitation practices and poor health seeking behavior.