The Catholic Church in Congo said emergency measures will remain indefinitely in place in parishes at risk of Ebola, and urged effective action against the disease by the government of President Joseph Kabila.
Congo has made great strides in fighting Ebola, but the virus is not yet under control, a senior World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Friday, a month after an outbreak was declared in the country. In summary, there has been very strong progress in outbreak response, " Salama said.
In the three areas of affected by the outbreak of the viral disease, the rural areas of Bikoro and Iboko, and the urban area of Mbandaka, 58 cases have been registered as of Tuesday, of which 37 have been confirmed, 14 are probable, and 7 are suspected. Bikoro health zone and Wangata health zone both reported their last confirmed case in mid-May. "We've reached the majority of contacts - more than 98% - with vaccination. and we believe these contacts are now protected against Ebola", he said.
Msgr. Bomengola told CNS Ebola had "made everything more hard for the population", adding that there were fears the disease could spread down the Congo River from the trading hub of Mbandaka to Kinshasa, a city of 10 million.
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"Contact tracing has been a huge challenge in this hard-to-reach area", Salama said, describing Iboko as a remote community in a heavily forested part of the DRC.
World Health Organization said four of the five approved drugs are now in the country, which are Zmapp, GS-5734, REGN monoclonal antibody combination, and mAb114, under the framework of compassionate use and expanded access. He also said many cases in the area are connected to a super-spreader, a female nurse who treated people both formally and informally.
Local media reports in the DRC quoted Mgr. To date, DRC has approved only the use of Merck's vaccine. Unlike 2014, when delayed recognition of Ebola led to undetected disease spread, the DRC promptly admitted it had an outbreak and called for assistance.
"Deploying RDTs in this manner might seem costly and operationally burdensome, but, as learned from the west African epidemic, finding all chains of transmission cannot be left to chance and the ultimate cost of missing them can become far greater", the authors write.