The health officials have begun vaccinating the people in Bikoro. Bikoro was the first in Congo in which Ebola outbreak was declared. The Ebola outbreak has claimed another life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it raises t0 12. To counter the outbreak, ring vaccinations are now administered in the Bikoro town by doctors and frontline healthcare workers.
The DRC government has already declared the Ebola outbreak on May 8th, the lab tests confirmed in 2018 after the two cases of Ebola.
The Health Minister of Congo OlyIlinga has traveled to see the Ebola vaccinations in which at least ten people in Bikoro and at least 12 Ebola deaths have already happened. According to the Dr. Serge Ngalebato, who is the Bikoro Hospital director said that along with the health officials who were vaccinated for protection as they are the ones who are on the front lines of caring for the sick. The vaccination which was done on Monday includes three doctors at Bikoro Hospital, two nurses, two health experts, one representative of women and one pygmy representative.
AS per DRC, it said that there are 56 cases of hemorrhagic fever and about 35 confirmed Ebola cases form which 13 are said to be probable and eight are still suspected. During the last five years, this is the third Ebola outbreak in the DRC, and it is now ninth since 1976.
Ring vaccinations which are used by the doctors to counter the Ebola outbreak have started from May 21st, 2018 in Mbandaka. According to the World Health Organisation, about 7,560 doses are readied for immediate use. These drugs are donated by the developer, Merck and while Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has contributed nearly $1 million for the operational costs. The teams which are present in the ground are now searching and trying to identify those 600 infected victims to give the vaccine.
According to the MatshidisoMoeti, WHO regional director for Africa said, “Implementing the Ebola ring vaccination is a complex procedure. The vaccines need to be stored at a temperature of minus 60 to minus 80 degrees centigrade and so transporting them to and storing them in affected areas is a major challenge.”