By Michael TantohCape Town – Security is still a major obstacle to ending the Ebola eruption in DR Congo, which…
By Michael Tantoh
Cape Town – Security is still a major obstacle to ending the Ebola eruption in DR Congo, which has so far claimed more than 200 lives. On November 16, more than a dozen WHO staff had evacuated to Goma for psychological care after their residence was hit by a shell that did not explode.
The attack led to a temporary interruption of vaccination and surgery centers, but teams follow up some warnings about potential cases in communities, and to meet contacts and ensure their well-being. The treatment centers run by WHO partners are still active.
One day before the WHO attack, the UN announced that seven of its peacekeepers were killed and 1
0 injured during an operation with the Congolese military against a rebel group in Beni.
The Ebola eruption was officially made in August when the country’s Ministry of Health announced that the province of northern Kivu was affected. The World Health Organization continues to work with the government to address the new outbreak. The exact number of treated people varies daily, while suspected cases are systematically investigated to confirm or rule out Ebola virus disease.
Uganda’s Ministry of Health has categorized five districts like DR Congo neighbors – Ntoroko, Kasese, Bundibugyo, Kanungu and Hoima – as very high risk areas.
“The Ministry of Health has begun screening at Entebbe International Airport for all flights coming from DR Congo and South Sudan,” said Dr. Henry Mwebesa, Department of General Health Services in the sidelines of the 3rd Grand Uganda Medical Association Conference in Kampala on Friday.
He also warned that Kampala and Wakiso district are high risk due to flights.
The latest Ebola scare was reported on Thursday in the western district of Hoima, which also shares a border with DR Congo. Simon Chadia, a 31-year-old boda boda driver, died after showing symptoms similar to Ebola’s symptoms.
Several experts, including J. Stephen Morrison, co-author of a recently published paper published by his tanker, see a “horrible scenario” playing for the Congo. Morrison, head of the Global Health Policy Center at the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, is quoted by NPR saying that attacks in the conflictless region will escalate and health workers will be targeted.
Total case: 366
– Validated cases: 319
– Probable cases: 47
– Confirmed: 167
– Probability: 47
by the WHO, in November 17, 2018)