DR Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak
DR Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak
19 dead, 39 infected in Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO
16 May, 2018, 21:58
A new experimental vaccine has been shown to be highly effective, though quantities are now limited.
A total of 250,000 USA dollars has been set aside for outbreak response activities by the Africa CDC, and member countries have been pledging support by contributing health workers. It also urged the Minister of Interior, Lt. -Gen.
"While we plead with the health workers to be open to ways to solve the problem, we charge Nigerians to support one another and adhere to all health etiquettes to forestall an outbreak of epidemic and health crisis".
This is the 9th Ebola outbreak that the DRC is witnessing in four decades, after the first outbreak in 1976.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly also called for screening of passengers at the ports, adding that health institutions should be put on red alert because of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In our experience, for each confirmed case of Ebola there are about 100-150 contacts and contacts of contacts eligible for vaccination.
Part of the resolutions was to urge two ministers to be pro-active in preventing an outbreak of the disease already ravaging the East African country of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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"The aim is for health officials to start using the vaccine, once it's shipped, by the end of the week, or next week if there are difficulties, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus..."
"The World Health Organisation states that Nigeria and other African countries are at risk of spread".
"The Senate is further reminded that DRC is 445 kilometres by air from Abuja, is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours".
The Chief Whip, Senator Sola Adeyeye, however, pointed out that the disease, if spread to Nigeria, might have a devastating effect as workers in the country's public health institutions were on strike.
Punch reports that 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine would be sent to DRC by World Health Organization in the nearest furture.
"The Ebola vaccine is an additional tool in our response to the outbreak".
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