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"Steve Inskeep. And I'm no well king in Uganda to people infected with the boulevard have died young boy, and his grandmother medics, and Uganda say they don't have the supplies. They need to fight this outbreak the virus spreads Uganda last week from the Democratic Republic of Congo next door fourteen hundred people in Congo have died, but the World Health Organization hasn't declared this a public health emergency. If the WHO did, it would free up money and resources. Debra Malik is the US ambassador to Uganda. She's joining US Vice Skype. Good morning. Good morning. Well, so the WHO says it's not a public health emergency yet, are they right to hold off in that way? Well, obviously, they have access to information that we are selves, may not have here in Uganda. Clearly, they are watching this very closely as we have been doing here in Uganda. Watching what's happening just across our border, hoping that it won't spread for the moment though. I think from the Uganda side we feel fairly comfortable that the government here is well placed to respond as they did last week to the cases that came in and any future cases. And that's despite the fact that medics there, say they need more supplies. They don't have what they need. Well again, we have very long imports border with eastern Congo. So knowing exactly where cases may come across as always difficult thing to know. But we the US government as well as Debbie and other partners have been working various with the government of Uganda over the last eleven months, while this outbreak has been going on in eastern Congo to help build their capacity supplies. They're always a challenge in terms of, of supply chain moving things where they need to go. But we fail fairly fairly comfortable that the -bility to respond respond quickly exists here in Uganda. You mentioned this long and porous border. So the first case in Uganda was this five year old boy who reportedly went to Congo got the virus there. Then came back to you Gonda with his grandmother, and they both passed. How are the borders being handled is security being stepped up since the? Break and DRC and August of last year. We have worked along with other partners with the government of Uganda to stab screening along the border post. Now, obviously, this is that formal border crossings. We are also looking to how we can help the government do screening at some of these informal border crossings. But I would argue that the system actually worked reasonably well in this case last week in that these, they re entered Uganda in order to seek healthcare. They were identified at a hospital because the boy was sick and transferred transferred rather quickly to the Ebola treatment unit awaiting confirmation Tori testing so"