Ebola: $26m Needed To Curb Outbreak In DR Congo
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reaching new heights daily.
Since the outbreak of the disease few weeks ago, 26 persons have died while 46 suspected cases are being handle in the northwestern Equator Province.
The World Health Organization and partners will need $26 million for the Ebola Response in the country over the next three months.
WHO made the announcement on Monday while giving update on the situation that has put Nigeria's medical sector that is suffering the effect of the strike of JOHESU on red alert.
The world body has received funding from Italy, UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance.
Others are the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Wellcome Trust and UK Department for International Development.
WHO said it had also released two million dollars from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies, to scale up the Ebola response.
The Government of DRC, with the support of WHO partners, is preparing to vaccinate high risk populations against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in affected health zones.
Vaccination of Health workers operating in affected areas began on Monday and community outreach also started to prepare for the ring vaccination.
More than 7,500 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine have been deployed to DRC to conduct vaccination in the northwestern Equator Province where 46 suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases and 26 deaths have been reported – as of Friday.
Most of the cases the organisation said were in Bikoro, a remote rural town, while four confirmed cases are in Mbandaka, the provincial capital with a population of over one million people.