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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: 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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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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SURVIVORS: The Sierra Leonean film nominated for an Emmy

On September 24, 2019 Sierra Leonean filmmakers who produced the documentary Survivors will be hoping to win an Emmy Award. The Survivors was produced to tell the story of resilience and hope in the time of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. On Thursday the film was among several others nominated for The News & Documentary Emmy Awards to take place at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The two filmmakers who worked on the documentary Barmmy Boy Mansaray, and Arthur Pratt have expressed their excitements…

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Ebola crisis: Saudi Arabia bans pilgrims from DR Congo

The current Ebola outbreak has forced Saudi Arabia to suspend the granting of visas to pilgrims from the Democratic Republic of Congo. That means pilgrims from the central African country cannot undertake the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, DR Congo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The ministry said the decision was however reached on the back of the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo a public health emergency of international concern. The statement said “The granting of arrivals visas for people entering…

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