Today, the health officials have expressed great concern over the Ebola epidemic leading to further obstacles in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

There has been a new confirmed case reported in northwest city of Mbandaka, Wangata which has a population of about 1.2 million in Equateur province. The spread of the infection in the city from the countryside brings the present Ebola outbreak in a new phase, making the efforts to control the spread of the outbreak more difficult.

This is the third confirmed case following two other confirmed cases of the Ebola epidemic that were reported in the Bikoro town, which is also located in the Equateur Province and is hardly 150km away from Mbandaka.

WHO Director General, Dr Tredros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said although this is a concerning situation, steps are being taken and better tools have been developed than ever before to combat Ebola. “WHO and our partners are taking decisive action to stop further spread of the virus,” he further said.

The WHO will be deploying about 30 experts to scrutinise and inspect the city, is working along with the Ministry of Health and also believes in engaging with the communities to prevent and treat and report about new cases.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti said Ebola spreading into an urban area is concerning and WHO along with its partners is working forward to find the voluntary contacts of confirmed Ebola cases in the Mbandaka region.

Moreover, WHO has also announced yesterday that thousands Ebola vaccine has arrived in DRC and more of the vaccines should reach DRC in the coming days. WHO says that the vaccinations will be administered soon in the coming weekend.

Till now, about 23 people have reportedly died and 42 people have contracted the virus since Epola outbreak began earlier in May.


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