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W.H.O accused of ‘rationing Ebola vaccines’ in DR Congo

A medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières is accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group said the global health body is not being transparent in its dealings when it comes to making vaccines accessible to people. Dr. Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency coordinator said in a statement that “Every day we see known contacts of confirmed Ebola patients who have not received their dose despite being eligible for vaccination.” “It’s like giving firefighters a bucket of water to put out…

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DR Congo: 36 people missing in boat disaster

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo say at least 36 people are missing after a boat they were traveling in sunk on Sunday. The boat sunk at Maluku commune, a district on the banks of the Congo River in Kinshasa’s suburbs. Police say only 76 survivors have so far been accounted for. The boat came from the province of Mai-Ndombe, a province located southwest of the city of Kinshasa. Authorities said the boat filled with goods and passengers capsized at Mambutuka locality in Maluku commune. Although no bodies have…

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DR Congo: Ex-health minister arrested over Ebola funds

Former health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been arrested by the Police for allegedly mismanaging funds allocated for the Ebola epidemic. Oly Ilunga has however denied any wrongdoing following his arrest. He resigned as health minister in July and criticized the World Health Organisation in his resignation letter. Dr Ilunga said the global health body’s plan to use an unlicensed vaccine against Ebola was inappropriate. Police have detained him based on information that he intended to evade legal proceedings and leave the country. Officials in DR Congo…

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DR Congo: Death toll from Ebola outbreak hits over 2,000

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the country’s year-long Ebola outbreak has led to the death of at least 2,000. According to government data published on Friday, the number of confirmed and probable cases has also hit a milestone of more than 3,000. The government data showed Ebola deaths reaching 2,006 and cases at 3,004. The current Ebola outbreak is the second-worst in history. In the DR Congo the current outbreak is the 10th Ebola to be recorded. The worst epidemic was recorded between 2013-2016 in West Africa.…

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DR Congo announces new cabinet after seven months

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday announced a new coalition government. It is being announced seven months after the inauguration of the new president Felix Tshisekedi. Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga told reporters that “The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon.” Felix Tshisekedi in January this year was sworn in as the new President of Congo. He succeeded Joseph Kabila in Congo’s first democratic and peaceful transfer of power. Felix Tshisekedi is the son of a late veteran opposition leader, Etienne…

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Burundi begins Ebola vaccination for health officials

Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola as it makes efforts to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday that the vaccination is happening near Burundi’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Burundi has not reported of any Ebola cases but does not want to taken by surprise. The Health ministry in Burundi launched vaccination exercise at the Gatumba border crossing point on Tuesday. The Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is being used for this exercise. In a statement…

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Ebola vaccine trial begins in Uganda as virus spreads

A trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine has started in Uganda as efforts continue to prevent spread of the virus. Health officials in Uganda said the trial started on Monday to deal with a disease that has killed more than 1,800 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The MVA-BN vaccine was developed by Johnson&Johnson and will last for two years, Uganda’s Medical Research Council (MRC) said. The MRC statement revealed that the vaccine will be administered to up to 800 health professionals and frontline workers. These workers will include…

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Opinion: Ebola in Congo – incompetence, mistrust and greed

This Thursday marks a sad anniversary. One year ago, on August 1, 2018, the Ebola epidemic broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With a death toll today of almost 1,800, it has become one of the worst epidemics since Ebola was discovered in 1976. The worst occurred in 2014, when the virus caused the death of more than 11,000 people in several countries in West Africa. This is the tenth Ebola outbreak in DRC. This time the virus is proving more resistant to efforts to halt its progress.This…

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Rwanda shuts border with DR Congo over Ebola outbreak

Rwanda has now closed its border with DR Congo as it makes efforts to prevent any spread of Ebola into its territory. This closure is coming after at least two people died from the virus in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, near the Rwandan border. DR Congo’s presidency said on Thursday that Rwandan authorities closed the border between Goma and its nearest town of Gisenyi. A statement from the Congolese presidency said “The Congolese authorities deplore this decision, which runs counter to the advice of the WHO (World Health…

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DR Congo: Ebola patient ‘escapes from treatment centre’

An Ebola patient under treatment in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reportedly escaped from the treatment centre. Local officials say the patient tested positive for the virus and was being treated. News website Actualité reports that DR Congo’s health ministry confirmed the incident. The Ebola treatment centre is located in Lubero, in North Kivu province. Authorities say the patient is believed to have returned to the community. The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has declared the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency of international…

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