The death from Ebola of a young Ugandan physician in 2000, one of more than 200 people killed in that outbreak, sparked a national outpouring of grief and helped spread awareness of how Ebola is transmitted.
The health ministry, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday in Ntoroko district, started vaccinating the frontline health workers against the Ebola.
Although the "rVSV-Ebola" vaccine is not commercially licensed, it is being used under "expanded access" or what is also known as "compassionate use" in the ongoing Ebola outbreak DRC.
This precaution is being taken because the health care officials are anxious that the infection would spread into the country from the borders shared with Democratic Republic of Congo.
At least 300 suspected cases have been reported in the DRC in the latest outbreak, with 265 confirmed.
The outbreak began shortly after the government declared an end to another outbreak in the west of the country in June and lauded those involved for managing to swiftly contain the spread of the disease.
The World Health Organization, CDC and other worldwide health organizations say they are anxious about the current Ebola outbreak spreading to port cities like Butembo, which will only exacerbate infection transmission rates. It's caused 151 death so far, the World Health Organization said.
The rVSV-Ebola vaccine is now being administered in DRC and is demonstrating positive protective results and potency against the Ebola virus-Zaire type.
The strategy in Uganda involves an experimental vaccine, which officials say will not be given to the public. This approach worked to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.Despite vaccination efforts, Ebola is still spreading in eastern Congo. The conflict slows healthcare workers' attempts to fight the virus.
According to authorities, about 26,000 people in the central African nation have meanwhile received a vaccine to prevent Ebola.
With high fatality rates ranging from 50 per cent to 89 per cent, the highly contagious Ebola virus could cause a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, generalised pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding. More than 28,000 people were infected and 11,000 died in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea between 2014 and 2016.