Kinshasa, October 14th, 2021 (CPA).– Around 1,000 doses of rVSV-ZEBOV anti-Ebola vaccine and other medical supplies were delivered to Goma in Nord Kivu, of which nearly 200 doses were transferred to Beni in Butsili health area where a confirmed case of Ebola was detected on October 8th, indicates a WHO statement reached CPA on Thursday.
According to the source, vaccination against Ebola virus disease has started since Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 in Nord Kivu. Those at risk, including contacts of the confirmed case and first responders, will be vaccinated as part of action by health authorities to stem the spread of the virus.
Vaccinators use « belt vaccination », which involves immunizing contacts and contacts of contacts. The Democratic Republic of Congo has over 12,000 doses of vaccine in Kinshasa, which can be deployed if necessary.
In addition to organizing vaccination activities, emergency response teams are working tirelessly to follow up contacts, decontaminate infected places and strengthen surveillance and screening. More than 170 contacts have already been identified and the teams are monitoring their state of health.
WHO makes USD 200,000 from its Contingency Fund available to support Ebola response efforts
To support the response efforts of national authorities, WHO has made available USD 200,000 from its Emergency Contingency Fund. WHO is also initiating the shipment of five tons of response materials including drugs, personal protective equipment and laboratory equipment.
Among the first members of 15-person WHO team deployed to Beni is an expert in the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. The expert will educate WHO staff and their partners on how to prevent inappropriate and abusive behavior. The expert will also work with local non-governmental organizations to educate communities about sexual abuse and how to report it.
Recall that the confirmed case of Ebola reported on October 8th is a three-year-old boy who died on October 6th in a local health center. He lived in the same community where three family members died in September after experiencing Ebola-like symptoms.