Goma, December 6th, 2018 (CPA).- Congolese Ministers in charge of Health, Dr Oly Ilunga and Ugandan colleague Jane Ruth Aceng, expressed satisfaction with the progress made in the collaboration and the measures taken to curb the spread of the disease.
Ebola virus, following the meeting held on Wednesday in Goma, North Kivu on the evolution of the response to this pandemic. This meeting, which followed another meeting in early October in Entebbe, Uganda, was an opportunity for both parties and partners to assess the extent to which the recommendations were being implemented.
« We are two neighbors and brothers and there is a lot of exchange between our two peoples and this meeting was an opportunity to establish links between health officials, » said the Congolese Minister of Health for whom « three specific areas of collaboration « in the response to the epidemic, have been identified. These include epidemiological surveillance, control of entry points and the preparation and prevention of areas against infection.
According to the Ugandan Minister of Health, the progress made in the DRC is encouraging, according to shared information on the work done on the Congolese side. « It’s important for us to work together and work together to share information so that we can protect our people, » said Ruth Aceng before announcing measures underway to strengthen and improve measures at the level of the fifteen points of entry to the common border between the two countries.
At the level of Uganda, in addition to the identification of border districts with the DRC, the time has come for general mobilization from the base to the summit, particularly with the mapping of entities close to the epicenter areas of the disease. The establishment of screening centers, the development of potential isolation sites and the deployment of surveillance teams are among other measures developed in Uganda.
Around 20,000 people cross the border between Uganda and the DRC daily, especially every Tuesday and Thursday. Nearly 450 cases were recorded including 248 deaths and about 38,000 people were vaccinated against the Ebola virus in the region between Ituri and North Kivu.
At a question about the reason for the persistence of the disease, the Minister Ilunga noted the existence of families who resisted the riposte precisely in the Ndindi cell of the city of Beni. « If there was no vaccine and the response had not been effective, we would now be tens of thousands of victims, » assured the Congolese Minister in charge of Health who recognizes the work of Titan shot by members of the response team backed by partners.