According to 51st situational report on the Ebola outbreak in DRC, there are no Ebola cases outside DRC despite an increase in the number of people infected with the disease
Health Workers in DRC decontaminate. According to WHO, the deadly disease has not spread to any other neighbouring country
There are no reported cases of Ebola outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a situation report that was released on Wednesday by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The report shows that there are no cases of Ebola originating from DRC. This comes a week after the Emergency Committee of the WHO declared the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease as a matter of Public Health Emergency of international concern based on the geographical expansion of the disease from Ituri and North Kivu to Goma.
The declaration came following the spread of the disease in Goma, a major town with an international airport last week. So far no new cases have been reported in the town.
In neighbouring countries like Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda- that neighbour areas of DRC where cases of Ebola have been reported, preparedness measures are in full swing with over 8,069 frontline health workers being Vaccines using the rVSV vaccine developed by Merck Pharmaceuticals. Approval for the vaccine to be used in Burundi is still pending.
In countries that neighbour other parts of DRC that have not yet reported any Ebola cases like; Angola, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, WHO working together with respective local authorities to get approvals for vaccination to take place.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the health ministry senior spokesperson says that Uganda is on high alert with teams on the ground.
"We have teams on the ground surveiling all high risk districts. We also have people manning some of the porous border entry points to try and monitor who enters the country and to make sure that they are Ebola free."
According to the report, the incidence rates of the disease have remained constant with 65 out of 664 health areas reporting any new cases within the North Kivu and Ituri Provinces. The outbreak is heaviest in the health zones of Beni, Mabalako,Mandima and Katwa.
As of July 21,2019, a total of 2,592 Ebola cases were reported. 2,498 cases have been confirmed with a total of 1,743 deaths reported since the outbreak was declared in August,2018.
The latest situational report comes at a time when the minister of health in DRC recently resigned. Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga resigned on Monday July 22, 2019 after President Félix Tshisekedi took over the Ebola response in the country.