Health desk-4 may 2021: WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adnorm Gebrejesus congratulated everyone who participated in ending the 12th Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and emphasized the need to continue to be vigilant to prevent The recurrence of this disease and curbs other health challenges.
Dr. Tedros said: “Today’s announcement of the end of the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a testament to the professionalism, dedication and cooperation of hundreds of true health heroes, especially Congolese responders.” Dr. Deros said: “The World Health Organization is committed to helping national and local authorities and the people of North Kivu prevent the recurrence of this deadly virus and promote the overall health and well-being of all high-risk communities.” The virus re-circulated earlier this year. , Highlighting the continuing health threats faced by the people of North Kivu, and the need for all parties involved in the promotion and protection of public health to remain vigilant in the face of Ebola and COVID-19, measles and cholera, and other challenges facing the community, These challenges are all carried out in a difficult environment characterized by violence.
Since February 7, in the most recent epidemic that was recently announced as over, 11 confirmed cases and 1 probable case were recorded in four health districts, 6 deaths and 6 recoveries were recorded. Genome sequencing results revealed that the first case found was related to an earlier outbreak, but the source of infection has not yet been determined.
The response is coordinated by the provincial Ministry of Health in cooperation with WHO and partners. WHO has nearly 60 experts in the local area. Once the epidemic was announced, it helped local workers trace contacts, provide treatment, interact with the community, and vaccinate nearly 2,000 high-risk groups, including more than 500 front-line workers.
Although the most recent epidemic has ended, it is necessary to continue to be vigilant and maintain a strong surveillance system due to the possibility of an outbreak in the next few months. It is also important to continue to improve infection prevention and control in health facilities to prevent all infectious diseases and continue to support Ebola survivors through specialized rehabilitation programs. These actions must be supported by dedicated efforts to improve the ongoing challenges posed by insecurity and armed violence in North Kivu.