Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

DRC match to go ahead despite Ebola outbreak

DRC match to go ahead despite Ebola outbreak

Karsten Voigt of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been training volunteers specifically on how to handle bodies during burials.

Congo began on Monday a vaccination campaign Bikoro to stem the outbreak that has already spread from rural towns into a city of more than 1 million people.

The health ministry says there are now 28 confirmed Ebola cases, 21 probable ones and two suspected.

Seven new Ebola cases and two deaths were confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said on Tuesday. Those vaccinated are instructed to follow the same strict infection control and hygiene practices as anyone who is not vaccinated. As of Friday, the World Health Organization had received commitments for about $9 million. That may sound like a considerable amount, he said, but not compared with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which cost between $3 billion and $4 billion. We also discovered that the Ebola outbreak is limited to a particular place and it has not escalated.

Last Thursday, a first case was reported in Mbandaka, an event that triggered worldwide concern. Immunized health workers from the Guinea trial will also be flown in to lend their expertise.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), has reported that US$26 million is what the organization and its partners need for the Ebola Response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), over the next three months. Anne Rimoin, associate professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health who has had a research and training program and disease surveillance team in the DRC since 2004, is available to comment on this outbreak. It takes a week to 10 days, said Dr Pierre Rollin, an epidemiologist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a veteran of more than a dozen Ebola outbreaks.

"We have intensified our support to the response", Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, said in an interview Friday. The rest of the team is made up of newly trained Congolese staff.

Global Communities, a US -based nonprofit that responded to the Ebola outbreak, said in a 2015 report that burial rituals and traditions increased infection rates by almost 70 percent, with caretakers and families often sleeping in the same room as the body overnight and washing the body and themselves using the same water.

"We have established surveillance mechanisms and are following all cases and contacts", Ilunga said in the AP report.

The National Security Council, which last week lost its top official responsible for leading the USA response to pandemics and split up the global-health-security team he oversaw, is managing the overall response in coordination with the CDC and USAID, a spokesperson said.

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