Via Radio Okapi: Ebola in Beni: 74 Mangina Health Centre personnel provisionally put on leave. The Google translation:
"The temporary release process for the 74 staff members of the Mangina Reference Health Center (CSR) who are considered 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 temporary health workers from other health centers in Oicha, Mabalako and Musienene," the health ministry said in a statement on Saturday (August 11th).
The Ministry of Health also indicates in the same communiqué that, through its World Bank-funded health system development project (PDSS), it has finalized the practical arrangements to start free healthcare in three health zones. health around the epicenter, namely Mabalako, Beni, and Oicha.
"In an epidemic, it is important that the financial barrier is not a barrier to 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 chance of survival," argues the Ministry of Health.
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.
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.
A total of 49 cases of haemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region, 22 confirmed and 27 probable.
It should also be noted that 53 suspected cases are under investigation.