All field activities were suspended on Saturday, November 17, and the emergency operations center remained closed. All teams stayed in their respective hotels.
On the night of Friday, November 16, 2018, an armed group made an incursion into the district of Boikene, commune of Rwenzori, in the city of Beni, with the intention to attack one of the bases of Monusco. Peacekeepers reacted immediately, pushing the rebel group after several hours of fighting, a few yards from the Ebola response emergency response center and hotels where several response teams are housed.
Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga deplores the violence that has once again injured the people of Beni and is delaying the efforts of the response teams to end the Ebola outbreak. The latter remains dangerous, especially in Beni, where national and international teams continue to work alongside the population to end the epidemic.
Insecurity perpetrated by armed groups, including alleged rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), complicates the response to Ebola in Beni, North Kivu province, where death rates and new cases of Ebola continue to go.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 358, of which 311 are confirmed and 47 are probable. In total, there were 213 Ebola deaths, including 166 confirmed and 47 probable. 57 suspected cases under investigation. Six new cases were confirmed on Saturday, including four in Beni, one in Katwa and one in Kalunguta, plus three new confirmed cases, including two in Beni and one in Katwa. Meanwhile, more than 31,000 people have been vaccinated against this epidemic since the outbreak began.
The closure of the target geographical vaccination is also announced in the village of Kanihunga, in the health zone of Kalunguta. Targeted geographic vaccination, which is broader than conventional vaccination, consists of vaccinating several houses, or even a whole village or district, around a confirmed case when safety conditions do not allow the necessary investigations to establish the list of vaccines. contact.
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