Confirmed Cases Of Ebola Rise To 42 In Congo -Ministry

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Orly Ilunga, the Congolese Minister of Health, who received the vaccine in Kinshasa, indicated that the batch received from WHO will be stored first in the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa, before being transported to the health zone of Bikoro, in the province of Equateur in the north-west of the country where the Ebola epidemic had been declared since May 8th. It also urged the Minister of Interior, Lt. -Gen.

The World Health Organization has been authorised by officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country as the virus spreads in the central African nation.

"The Senate is be reminded that the tide was stemmed by quick response of the Nigerian government vid declaration of emergency, collaboration of federal and states Ministries of Health, use of incidence management approach, identification and follow up contacts".

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Adeyeye added, "We must remind ourselves that as we speak right now, many health workers in our country are on strike. Because of the possibility of such a crisis, we must urge an immediate intervention in this long-lasting industrial action so that we can have the workers, God forbid, to attend to whatever health problem may arise in our Republic". It involves vaccinating voluntary contacts, contacts of those contacts and health care and other front-line workers.

The prayer was unanimously granted by the senators.

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organisation has agreement, registration, plus import permit and the vaccinations could begin by next Monday, he said.

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"The Senate is further reminded that DRC is 445 kilometres by air from Abuja, is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours".

42 more cases of the Ebola virus disease in the ongoing outbreak in have been reported.

The 4 000 doses will be sent to the remote northwest where two confirmed Ebola cases, 20 probable ones and 20 suspected ones have been reported, spokesperson Jessica Ilunga said. "The Senate is further anxious that if we do nothing, given our population, we may well be on our way to creating a global situation".

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