Congo’s president Felix Tshisekedi has commended health workers for keeping the deadly Ebola virus in only two provinces of the country, without reaching neighboring countries.
The number of cures discharged from Ebola Treatment Centres (ETC) each week continues to increase rising to 24 new cures per four months from 19 new cures in three months says the Congo Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health also continues to get alerts of suspected cases which is progressive.
Tshisekedi was visiting Beni in eastern Congo on Tuesday to understand the response and spoke at length with various agents who explained the functioning of the response, including patient care and mobile laboratories of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB).
He also called on the population to work with the response teams and to respect preventive measures to quickly end the Ebola outbreak which he said should be ended in at least three months time. He promised state support.
Tshisekedi also visited the Ebola Treatment Center where he witnessed the release of a cured patient to whom he gave the clearance certificate.
Since vaccination began on August 8, 2018, 101,249 people have been vaccinated using the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, manufactured by the pharmaceutical group Merck, following approval by the WHO Ethics Committee in its decision of 19 May 2018.
Increased Alerts of Ebola in Congo
According to Congo’s Ministry of Health, there has been a clear increase in the number of alerts received in the past 5 weeks most of which come from the community and health facilities.
The number of new confirmed cases notified weekly has increased significantly in the last 5 weeks following targeted attacks against the Katwa and Butembo CTEs.
There has also been a decrease in violence against teams, including in areas of Katwa, Butembo, and Vuhovi, which until now have been difficult for health workers to access.
“This indicates better community collaboration with the response teams,” says a ministry of Health statement which has received 7, 297 new notified alerts in total. Katwa is the main focus with 60 cases (54.5%).
1,933 suspected cases have been investigated and tested in the laboratory. 110 new confirmed cases.
Kayna health zone has been removed from the list of zones that have notified at least one confirmed case in the last 21 days but Komanda is back in the list.
83 deaths of confirmed cases:
The main source of death is Katwa with 51 deaths or 62.4% of the total number of new deaths during the week. Of the 83 deaths, 49 were community deaths or 59%, and 34 occurred in an ETC.