Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D., the director general for World Health Organization (WHO), said on March 14, 2019, the spread of the Ebola Zaire virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been contained, in 11 of the 28 impacted communities. The Butembo and Katwa areas remain the Ebola outbreak hotspots, with Katwa accounting for more than half of all new cases in the last 20 days.
Just hours after the assault on Saturday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) toured the center in the city of Butembo, which was also attacked last week, thanking personnel for their steadfast dedication."It breaks my heart to think of the health workers injured and police officer who died in today's attack, as we continue to mourn those who died in previous attacks, while defending the right to health," he was quoted by UN News as saying. "But we have no choice except to continue serving the people here, who are among the most vulnerable in the world."
New York, Mar 10 (IBNS): Amidst a deadly Ebola outbreak, on Saturday morning armed groups brutally attacked an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 's (DRC) eastern city of Butembo, prompting the United Nations health agency 's chief chief 's call ”to protect the treatment centres ”.
Medical workers lead a girl into an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: John Wessels Getty ImagesAdvertisement More than 900 people have been sickened by the Ebola virus since it began spreading in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in early August. The outbreak, now the second largest ever recorded, shows no sign of slowing mdash;fuelled, aid workers and government officials say, by a toxic cocktail of violence and mistrust.
Recently, several rebel militia members fighting over the northeastern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) died of Ebola. Rebels dying from Ebola is a development that merits deeper examination. The fact that Ebola, which has killed more than 500 people in this outbreak, is now truly mixing with the country s violent landscape is a complicating factor, as international health care officials are developing an inoculation ring in Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan that began in mid January. In effect, a program of spatial containment is being instituted. This Ebola outbreak is the second worst case so far. Luckily, experimental vaccination programs are working, but administering these programs in violence prone areas is difficult at best. DRC Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said that the vaccination program had been administered to 76,425 people and had prevented thousands of deaths by stopping the spread of Ebola to big cities. The vaccine is not 100 percent effective as it is still experimental. International health authorities are concerned that the disease can still spread. The DRC security situation is most problematic in the east of the country, where dozens of armed militias struggle over resources such as gold, diamonds, copper and coltan for profit and power. The area is home to the vast majority of the country s 70 armed groups, all pursuing shifting local and national agendas. Most of them are small, numbering less than 200 fighters, but the havoc they have wreaked over decades, especially in North and South Kivu, have made eastern DRC the epicenter of deadly violence and humanitarian crises. This mix makes treating Ebola problematic, as this is the first time that an Ebola outbreak is occurring in an area with daily violence. The DRC s ongoing instability caused by militia activity is creating mistrust in the population toward health workers. For international aid organizations, this is a worst case scenario, where victims carrying a deadly disease are unable to be treated because of attacks by machete carrying rebels with heavy caliber weaponry. An attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) late last year killed 18 people in the town of Beni, halting local efforts to contain the spread of Ebola through this unstable area.
(CNN) Ebola cases surpassed 800 in the Democratic Republic of Congo with more than 500 deaths, according to the country;s health ministry.No countries bordering the DRC have reported any ebola cases as of now, according to the World Health Organization.
Mak Hazukay, an army spokesman in the Beni area, east of North Kivu province, said three other soldiers were being observed in a center for the fight against the epidemic at the Ministry of Health in Beni. He also stressed that all measures are being taken to stop the infection among soldiers.Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases already registered has been 736, of which 682 are confirmed and 54 are probable. In total, there were 459 deaths, including 405 confirmed and 54 probable, and 257 people cured, according to the latest report from the ministry.
The African country of South Sudan has started vaccinating front line response staff with the Ebola Zaire vaccine candidate v920.
The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is providing a natural experiment in fighting fake news. Occurring in a conflict zone, amid a controversial presidential election, the epidemic has proved to be fertile ground for conspiracy theories and political manipulation, which can hamper efforts to treat patients and fight the virus s spread. Public health workers have mounted an unprecedented effort to counter misinformation, saying the success or failure of the Ebola response may pivot on who controls the narrative.
The Democratic Republic of Congo #39;s Ministry of Health on Thursday released the news via AP news agency about the delivery of a healthy four day old baby, whose mother was cured of the Ebola virus in December last year.Shown in her smiling mother #39;s arms in the posted picture, "Baby Sylvana" was born on Sunday at an Ebola treatment center in the city of Beni, one of the hardest hit areas by Ebola virus in DRC.
Polling stations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have opened for a presidential election that could lead to the country's first democratic transfer of power but has been marred by campaign violence and chaotic preparations.Results of Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections will be released on January 15 and a new president shorn in on January 18.