Via Radio Moto Butembo-Beni: Minister of Health hopes at the end of the epidemic in North Kivu after September 2018. Excerpt from the Google translation:
The Minister of Public Health gave this view after finding that the response to Ebola is changing positively in North Kivu and Ituri province. "This is proof of the involvement of many people and community in the fight against this epidemic," OLY ILUNGA told the press in Butembo.
Dr. OLY ILUNGA visited this city on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 to immerse himself in the epidemiological situation. It is in this context that he hailed the contribution of the Bishop of Butembo-Beni and other sensitizers for their commitment to ending Ebola. OLY ILUNGA is also pleased to note the decline in death cases in the last 7 days. Thus, he hoped the 10th episode of Ebola in DRC will soon be eradicated.
"Ebola will end. We are here to end the Ebola outbreak with the involvement of all. Not just the involvement of the medical community, I believe the Bishop [of Butembo-Beni] has said. It takes the commitment of all. In fact, what is reassuring is that in the space of seven days, there are no new admissions to Mangina. In Mamiki, I think it's been several weeks since there are more cases. We are in the right direction, we must really continue the efforts to reach the end of the Ebola virus disease. I think it will be beyond the month of September," he reassured.
The minister of public health in the DRC recognizes that the dynamism and travels of some ignored cases that have risked spreading Ebola outside of Mangina, epicenter of the disease. But strategies have been put in place to limit this spread. OLY ILUNGA also commented on free health care in Butembo, Katwa and Masereka where Ebola cases have been reported. He indicated that this may be possible after needs assessment in the areas raised.
"Before declaring free healthcare, we are with a team of experts who assess the needs and therefore in Butembo, in the coming days, it will certainly also be declared because the financial barrier can not be an obstacle to fetch appropriate care, "he continued.