Ghana and Nigeria to prevent spread of Ebola

11 May, 2018, 04:47 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Deadly Outbreak Reported in 11th Largest Country in the World: 17 Dead, More Sickened

Yesterday (8th May 2018), the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the rural northwest of the country.

The Congo DR government reported that about 17 people died following the resurgence of the virus on Monday in the country with many more suspected case, stressing that they are working in hand with the World Health Organization to ensure the virus is curtailed.

Seven people with a hemorrhagic fever, including two confirmed cases of Ebola, were hospitalized in Bikoro as of Thursday, according to Health Minister Oly Ilunga.

Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro, however, lie not far from the banks of the Congo River, an essential waterway for transport and commerce.

Health Ministry Cabinet Secretary (CS) Sicily Kariuki said the measure is in line with worldwide health standards to prevent the spread of the highly infectious deadly disease.

Ebola was first identified in 1976 in Congo and this is the 9th such outbreak in the country.

While rehydration and symptomatic treatment improve the survival rates of people infected with the virus, no treatment can eliminate the virus to date, says the WHO.

Two major powers in West Africa, Ghana and Nigeria have announced health measures to prevent the spread of Ebola from the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We have isolated them", Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital said. As you might be aware, over the last one month, DRC recorded 19 suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fever and lost 16 of the cases.

Ebola spreads to humans from animals such as bats, monkeys etc.

Dr Antony Nsiah Asare, Director General of the GHS, who confirmed receiving an alert form the World Health Organisation (WHO) added the country is putting all its surveillance in place.

None of the Ebola outbreaks in Congo were connected to the massive outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa that began in 2014 and left more than 11,300 dead.

"This advance team brought the first batches of equipment, mostly containing rapid diagnostic tests for the Ebola virus and laser thermometers", the Health Ministry statement said. The medical department in the country is primarily dependent on the support from the WHO and other health partners for its emergency response.

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