CONGO- EBOLA CASES EXCEEDS 1000
Congo Health Ministry says the number of Ebola cases in the country has exceeded 1000, as the Central African country suffers the second largest outbreak of the virus.
Oly Kalenga, the country’s Health Minister in a statement described the outbreak as a human and social tragedy, saying “Behind these numbers are several hundreds of Congolese families directly affected by the virus and hundreds of orphans”.
A total of 629 people have reportedly died of the Ebola virus in the outbreak in Eastern Congo, which began shortly after the country’s government announced an end to another outbreak in the West of the country back in June 2018.
Since August 2018, more than 91000 people have been vaccinated against the virus and some 320 people have reportedly recovered, hence taking to more than 60%, the average survival rate within treatment centres.
With in-fightings among various militia groups especially in the very volatile Eastern region, support from authorities and aid groups have been hampered and limited.