The MOH has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response to the Ebola epidemic in North Kivu province as of Saturday August 11 2018. Excerpt from the Google translation:
EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN NORTH KIVU PROVINCE
Saturday 11 August 2018
The epidemiological situation of the Ebola Virus Disease dated August 10, 2018:
• A total of 49 cases of haemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region, 22 confirmed and 27 probable.
• 53 suspected cases are under investigation.
• 1 new confirmed case in Mabalako.
• ERRATUM of the bulletin of August 10, 2018: 1 death of a confirmed case in Beni and 0 deaths in Mabalako.
• To avoid that the total number of cases varies (up or down) daily, the suspect cases have been placed in a separate category. Thus, suspect cases with positive laboratory tests will be added to the confirmed category, while negative ones (non-cases) will be removed from the table.
• The category of probable cases includes all reported deaths for which it was not possible to obtain biological samples for laboratory confirmation. The investigations will determine whether these deaths are related to the epidemic or not.
News of the response
• WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom visited teams in Mangina, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak. In Mangina, he visited the temporary Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) where the providers explained their work. He also noted the progress of the installation of the Ebola treatment center, which will be co-managed by the Ministry of Health and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The CTE of Mangina and that of Beni, co-managed with Alima, will be functional before the end of next week. Then, the Director General of WHO visited one of the two housing sites selected to host national and international health workers deployed in Mangina as part of the response.
• The Ministry of Health, through its World Bank-funded Health System Development Project (HSDP), has finalized practical arrangements to start free healthcare in 3 health zones around the epicenter, namely Mabalako , Blessed, and Oicha. In times of epidemic, it is important that the financial barrier does not hinder access to health care. This measure to introduce free healthcare in the affected areas aims to encourage the population to go to an approved health center as soon as the first symptoms appear, increasing their chances of survival.
• The process of temporary discharge of the 74 staff members of the Mangina Reference Health Center (CSR) considered as contacts is also complete. All those who have been in contact with confirmed cases will be followed up for 21 days and can not return to CSR until one month later. During this period, they were asked to avoid any movement outside the area. They will be temporarily replaced by interim health staff from other health centers in Oicha, Mabalako and Musienene.
• Two mobile laboratories of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) have arrived in Goma and Mangina to accelerate the testing of samples taken across the province of North Kivu.