Wednesday , June 23 2021

Positive Impact of Ebola Prevention Measures in Dr Congo



Since the outbreak began in August, 191 people died, about half of them in Ben, 800,000 people in the epicenter of the outbreak, the WHO said in a statement by the Ministry of Peace.

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A medical worker puts his Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the Ebola Treatment Center in Ben (AFP Photo / John Wessels)

Since the outbreak began in August, 191 people died, about half of them in Ben, 800,000 people in the epicenter of the outbreak, the WHO said in a statement by the Ministry of Peace.

New measures taken to combat Ebola epidemic in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have had "a positive impact," but the virus remains dangerous and unpredictable, the World Health Organization and the United Nations said on Thursday.

Since the outbreak began in August, 191 people died, about half of them in Ben, 800,000 people in the epicenter of the outbreak, the WHO said in a statement by the Ministry of Peace.

"The fact that we have so far prevented the spread of Ebola in neighboring countries is evidence of the hard work and determination of the staff of all partners," said WHO chief Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus at a press conference in Kinshasa.

WHO said improving "community control" has contributed to reducing new cases over the past two weeks.

Ghebreyesus and Jean Pierre Lacroix, UN Undersecretary for Peace Operations, traveled to Bena on Wednesday to meet health workers, peace forces and local authorities.

"Complicated and challenging like this epidemic, I'm convinced … we can and will finish," added Ghebreyesus.

Destroying the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first discovered in 1976.

Since the vaccination program began on 8 August, more than 25,000 people were inoculated, according to the DR Congo health ministry.


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