Congo will start giving an experimental vaccine on Monday in the northwestern city Mbandaka. There are about 1.2 million residents who are at high risk of getting infected with the deadly disease as per Congo’s health minister.
According to the Oly Ilunga, who is the Health Minister said, “The vaccination campaign begins tomorrow, Monday, in Mbandaka, capital of the province. It will target, first, the health staff, the contacts of the sick and the contacts of the contacts.”
World Health Organisation (WHO) has said in a statement that, till now 25 people have died due to Ebola outbreak and out of 45 cases 14 cases have been confirmed of Ebola.
The vaccine which will be given to the people is known as RVSV-ZEBOV and it will be distributed to about 8,000 to 10,000 people in the first phase. Peter Salama, who is the deputy director-general of the emergency preparedness and response, said that it will be given to the people who are suffering from Ebola or had come in contact with this deadly virus.
According to the officials, more than 4,000 doses are already reached Congo and more doses are on the way. The vaccine is still said to be at test stages but the test results which are done in West Africa is positive, so it is administered to the people. The main challenge of the health officials is to keep the vaccine cold in the tropical, vast and impoverished country whose infrastructure is poor.
Ebola is a contagious virus which can cause the sudden onset of the symptoms offatigue, fever and muscle pain. This symptomgets developed within 2 to 21 days after infection and people who are suffering cause vomiting, diarrhea, liver and kidney malfunction and rash and in some of the extreme cases, it alsocauses internal and external bleeding. The Ebola outbreak has already killed 11,000 people in a single month in West Africa during 2014.
The president of the Congo Joseph Kabila and his cabinet of ministers has agreed on Saturday that they are going to increase the funds for the Ebola emergency to about more than $4 million. They have also taken the decision to provide the free health care in the affected areas and also special care to all affected Ebola victims and their relatives. The country has put on the high risk of spread and they have been supported with equipment and personnel.