Thursday , January 28 2021

Ebola Prevention Measures "Positive Impacts" In Dr Congo



Since the outbreak began in August, 191 people died, about half of them in Beni, a city of 800,000 people at the outbreak epicenter, WHO said in a statement with the UN peacekeeping department.

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A medical worker puts on his personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering an Ebola treatment center in Beni (AFP Photo / John WESSELS)

Since the outbreak began in August, 191 people died, about half of them in Beni, a city of 800,000 people at the outbreak epicenter, WHO said in a statement with the UN peacekeeping department.

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

Since the outbreak began in August, 191 people died, about half of them in Beni, a city of 800,000 people at the outbreak epicenter, WHO said in a statement with the UN peacekeeping department.

"The fact that we have hitherto prevented Ebola from spreading to neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference in Kinshasa.

WHO said it had improved "community surveillance" that had contributed to a reduction of new cases over the past two weeks.

Ghebreyesus and Jean Pierre Lacroix, UN Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, traveled to Beni on Wednesday to meet health workers, peacekeepers and local authorities.

"As complicated and challenging as this outburst is, I'm convinced … we can and will finish it," added Ghebreyesus.

The outburst is the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first discovered there in 1976.

Since a vaccination program began on August 8, more than 25,000 people have been inoculated, according to DRC health care.


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