Ugandan missionaries stay put to address Ebola crisis
Italian missionaries in northern Uganda have promised to continue their help to the local population despite the dangers of the current Ebola epidemic.
International non-governmental organisations are pulling aid workers out of northern Uganda in fear of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 43 people.
"We will remain! We never even considered leaving our people", said Comboni Fr Cosimo De Iaco, parish priest of the Holy Rosary Church of Gulu. "The outbreak of Ebola is more reason for us to remain by our people."
Fr De Iaco told MISNA that the local Church was continuing its cooperation with the government to inform the population on the risks of the epidemic.
"During Sunday mass, a top government official urged everyone present to follow all the fundamental hygiene regulations to avoid possible contraction."
Fr De Iaco noted that Catholics had been advised not to share the sign of peace during mass to avoid contamination.