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Government says Uganda is open to tourists regardless of Ebola

By : Melanie Aanyu

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

Foreign Affairs State Minister Okello Oryem has assured foreign tourists that Uganda is a safe destination despite an Ebola outbreak that has killed 25 amid 64 cases.

Mr Oryem advised tourists against cancellation of bookings to Uganda emphasizing that “the Ebola outbreak in the two districts of Mubende and Kasanda is being managed well given experience from handling past epidemics and pandemics.”

Mr Oryem blamed the West for over hyping epidemic outbreaks in Africa but challenged foreign countries to thoroughly investigate before issuing travel advisories stopping citizens from going to other countries over health concerns.

The tourism exhibition themed “Strengthening networks, synergies and diversity to maximise the tourism potential between Uganda and the Kenyan Coastal Region” is aimed at “enhancing synergies between key tourism players from Uganda and the Kenya coastal region.”