Four more ebola cases were reported today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), one from…
Four more ebola cases were reported today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), one from a newly affected health zone, as a high level group from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN (UN) who visits the region said that new steps have an impact on the answer.
Investigating ongoing deep concern about security issues in the area, DRC health minister Mai Mai rebels in a town between Beni and Butembo outbreaks hot spots abducted four members of the Ebola response. Respondents were subsequently found by the police to be safe, according to the Ministry of Health’s daily update yesterday.
Following a call to the emergency service of the family to a person who died in society, respondents, who contained three civil protection and an epidemiologist, were at home with a recently deceased patient to decontaminate the house and remove the body to prepare it for burial. After rebels abducted respondents, the security coordinators sent a warning to the police, who found the group safe and sound.
Security issues related to armed rebel groups and pockets of community resistance have led to several backlashes in response to the outbreak, which is only 7 cases from becoming the biggest eruption of the DRC for Ebola ever . With tough challenges that include the outbreak, DRC healthcare officials have a week to hear from local officials and groups and see what can be done.
Yesterday in Beni, DRC Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga, MD; Governor of North Kivu Province; UN Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Pierre Lacroix; and WHO’s director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, doctor, was among a group visiting the Emergency Center and met local security officers at the local town hall.
In a statement from the WHO and the UN today, the groups said new measures to overcome response challenges have a positive impact, with a reduction in the number of new cases in the last 2 weeks, although the outbreak is still dangerous and unpredictable.
MONUSCO, UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has recently taken an active approach to armed groups working in northern Kivu, resulting in a calm time in and around Beni, although some attacks continue in surrounding villages . Since its outbreak, MONUSCO has provided logistical support, office, transport, communications and security.
Ten years of conflict in northern Kivu have led to misinformation and distrust that contributed to the reluctance of some residents to allow Ebola teams to vaccinate, track contacts and perform secure funerals.
The groups said, under the auspices of the DRC Health Ministry, WHO and its partners have used community surveillance more, where the community members are trained to conduct contact tracking in areas that are difficult for third parties to access.
According to the statement, the WHO and UN officials also met with DRC Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala to share their observations and recommendations.
As the team launched their visit today, Lacroix praised Twitter today for colleagues in Democratic Republic of Congo and partner groups. But he also said making the breakaway safer requires teamwork. “The message today is that improving security in northern Kivu is everyone’s responsibility: MONUSCO and DRC. The communities must also be engaged,” he said.
Lacroix said that partnerships and long-term efforts will defeat the armed groups
DRC reported today 4 new cases, increasing the outbreak to 312 with the number of deaths remaining at 191. One of the New cases are in Beni, two are in Kalunguta Health Care Area, which is in an insecure area, and 1 is in Mutwanga Health Care Area, the first in that area.
The Democratic Republic of Congo said that Mutwanga’s health area is close to Beni and the patient who is ill with Ebola is known to be a person of Beni who fled to Mutwanga after refusing vaccination and failed to follow the follow-up monitoring. The man, who is considered to have a high risk contact, has agreed to be transferred to an Ebola treatment center in Beni.
From today, 40 suspected cases are still being investigated, said the DRC Health Ministry.
Yesterday The DRC Health Ministry announced in its daily update information on 3 new cases reported by the WHO yesterday: 2 were in Beni and 1 in Vuhovi, a newly affected health zone between Beni and Butembo.
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