Amidst the coronavirus pandemic that hit the world really badly this year, it seems that there are more disasters ahead. It’s been just revealed that the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that there’s a new outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that is now occurring
in Wangata health zone, Mbandaka, in Équateur province.
The shocking announcement comes as a long, difficult, and complex Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is in its final phase.
As you probably already know, Congo also battles COVID-19 and the world’s largest measles outbreak. Regarding coronavirus, there is some good news as well.
It’s worth noting that previous data from the Ministry of Health revealed that six Ebola cases have so far been detected in Wangata – four of these have died and two are alive and under care according to WHO.
People face more threats
The organization also revealed that three of the cases have been confirmed via lab testing. We should expect that more people will be identified with this disease.
“This is a reminder that COVID-19 is not the only health threat people face,” according to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
He continued and said that “Although much of our attention is on the pandemic, WHO is continuing to monitor and respond to many other health emergencies.”
It’s important to highlight the fact that this is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 11th outbreak of Ebola since the virus was first found in the country back in 1976.
“It’s happening at a challenging time, but WHO has worked over the last two years with health authorities, Africa CDC and other partners to strengthen national capacity to respond to outbreaks,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
Check out the complete details on WHO’s official website.