One more person has died in Congo due to Ebola virus, the authorities confirmed recently. This new death raises the total death toll to 12 during the recent Ebola outbreak that hit the African country, according to the Congolese Ministry of Health. The case has been recorded one day before the start of the vaccination campaign in the rural areas recently affected by the virus.
This most recent fatality was recorded in Iboko, a rural province located in the northwestern Equateur region of Congo, according to the statement made by the Ministry of Health, yesterday. Besides, in the same region, there are another 4 patients who are suspected of Ebola, said the same statement.
At this moment, there are 35 Ebola-confirmed cases in Congo.
Health professionals have pinpointed people who have had contact with the Ebola-confirmed patients within 3 regions of the Equateur province, Iboko, and the rural region between Bikoro and Mbandaka, the capital of the province with a population of approximately 1.2 million and a central transit point on the Congo River.
The vaccination campaign will commence today in the rural areas recently affected by the Ebola outbreak
The Congo’s Minister of Health, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, flew in a helicopter to Bikoro and Iboko to monitor the roll-out of health care personnel who has the mission to identify people who have come into contact with Ebola and to vaccinate them with the new pilot vaccine that has been deployed in the region during the past week.
The immunization operation in the rural areas affected by Ebola outbreak will commence today, Monday.
UNICEF and the World’s Health Organization (WHO)has already sent their representatives in the region to help and monitor, at the same time, the deployment of the vaccination campaign.
On the other hand, the vaccination campaign is in progress in Mbandaka, where 4 Ebola cases have been identified. Approximately 100 health personnel in the region have been immunized because the medical personnel presents the highest risks of contracting Ebola.
The next few weeks are critical to assessing whether the Ebola outbreak declared in early-May can be curbed, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.