World Health Organization ships first batch of Ebola vaccine to DR Congo


The Senate on Tuesday adopted various resolutions to prevent an outbreak of ebola virus in Nigeria.

On Friday the United Nations health agency had announced that it was preparing for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario, in the latest Ebola outbreak in DRC. The cash is courtesy of the oil-rich Rivers State Government, who will formally announce a partnership with La Liga giants Real Madrid to build a football academy in Port Harcourt.

The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to begin deploying an experimental Ebola vaccine to treat an outbreak of the disease in the country, the Health Ministry said.

The World Health Organisation has counted 35 new cases and 18 deaths since May 8.

According to the latest World Health Organization statistic, 32 cases (two confirmed cases, 18 probable and 12 suspects), including 18 deaths, 1 confirmed Ebola death, were recorded between 4 April and 9 May in Bikoro.

Ilunga, who disclosed that the introduction of Vaccination by the government was an option open to curtail the epidemic, added that all people with confirmed or suspected EVD would be moved to the Ebola treatment centres as soon as the facilities were ready.

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CBS News' Patta said the fact that there is a vaccine marks a significant difference between the outbreak in West Africa that started in 2014 and the outbreak in the Congo today. Health workers would be among the first to receive vaccinations, according to Ilunga.

"The latest numbers until May 13, 2018 are: 42 cases, including two confirmed; 21 probable and 19 suspected".

"The Senate is further reminded that DRC is 445 kilometres by air from Abuja, is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours".

"Unless we prepare our hospitals properly equipped with the ebola vaccine where necessary, this is an epidemic we might be unable to take up and will only cause untold hardship". "The Senate is further anxious that if we do nothing, given our population, we may well be on our way to creating a global situation".

Senate has appealed with the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, to call off the on going three weeks old strike which has affected the health sector across the country.