United Nations vows to tackle Congo rebels, contain Ebola

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 8, 2018

Jane Aceng, Uganda's health minister in a statement added, "The public health risk of cross border transmission of Ebola to Uganda [from DRC] was assessed to be very high at the national level".

A total of 2,100 doses of the "rVSV-Ebola" vaccine will be administered to the health workers to protect them against the type of Ebola virus strain that is now circulating in some parts of DRC. The vaccine was given to more than 16,000 volunteers in Africa, Europe and the United States in 2015, and was found to be effective against the Ebola virus.

Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO's Uganda representative said, "In previous [Ebola] outbreaks, Uganda lost health workers, including the renowned Dr Matthew Lukwiya, as they cared for patients".

Uganda shares a border with Congo, and both nations experience a robust movement of people between them as a result of trade and the region's high population.

The spread of Ebola in the DRC is worsened by an ongoing civil war between militant groups and government forces.

Health workers are usually among the first to be infected in an Ebola outbreak.

More than 1 million people live in the affected districts of Beni, Mabalako, Oicha, and Mambasa, according to Care International.

Parts of Uganda's western border are not far from areas within DR Congo where the Ebola outbreak is being contained.

The brief from the UNHCR said "In Yei, UNHCR and partners conducted community sensitisation and awareness sessions on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)".

The WHO said last month that Congo's outbreak does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but called for an "intensified" response.

According to Dr. Redfield, to prevent the outbreak from spreading to other countries and continents, it is critical that the outbreak be brought under control in North Kivu.

The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.

A World Health Organization assessment of the situation in DRC released on 22 October, warned of the potential for the virus to spread into Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi, as well as Uganda, and called on these countries to step up readiness efforts.

Ebola is a deadly viral infection that was first detected and identified in 1976. It spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids or objects contaminated by someone ill with the disease.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE