Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

DR Congo Ebola outbreak reaches 300 cases

Doctors remove the corpse of an Ebola victim on 22 August 2018 à Mangina eastern DRC.                  AFP  John Wessels Doctors remove the corpse of an Ebola victim on 22 August 2018 à Mangina eastern DRC. AFP John Wessels
Ben Pena | 09 November, 2018, 14:12

Uganda will begin vaccinating frontline health workers against Ebola next week as the threat increases of the deadly virus spreading from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, the health minister said Friday.

"The virus has killed 186 people in the North Kivu and Ituri regions, while 88 others have been cured, " the ministry said on Monday.

Dr Aceng also reiterated that there is no confirmed Ebola case in the country and an active case search continues in all communities, health facilities and at designated and informal border crossing in all districts.

Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO country representative in Uganda, told newsmen that the operation kicked off in Uganda's western district of Ntoroko.

DRC is facing its 10th Ebola outbreak, but this epidemic, which broke out in August, is the country's first in an area where fighting is ongoing. Sometimes violent community resistance is complicating efforts to contain Congo's latest Ebola outbreak, causing the rate of new cases to rise.

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"I do think this is one of the challenges we'll have to see, whether we're able to contain, control and end the current outbreak, with the current security situation, or do we move into the idea that this becomes more of an endemic Ebola outbreak in this region, which we've never really confronted", Redfield said. So far there have been 311 reported cases of Ebola since the outbreak in the restive east began.

Mr Lacroix said that health workers in the affected zones do crucial work amidst a hard security environment and that the UN Mission in the country (MONUSCO) is actively supporting the Government to improve security.

In mid-October, the World Health Organization said it was "deeply concerned" by the outbreak, but the situation did not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. "It is starting to produce results even if, as the Director General of the World Health Organization said earlier, there are still cases every day, but the slope suggests that we will be able to contain the epidemic. Not because of the unequipped terrain and unpaved dirt roads but because these villages act as front lines between the different armed groups", Dr. Eric Mukuma, a health zone coordinator for the aid group CARE, wrote in an editorial in the Guardian newspaper.Some patients have also fled treatment centers, carrying the virus with them.

On Thursday, the top United Nations officials will travel to Goma and then to Kinshasa, where they are expected to hold a press conference.

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