The Ministry of Health has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response to the Ebola outbreak in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri on Saturday, October 20, 2018. It's not encouraging: more cases, fatal violence, the stupid exhumation of a confirmed case. Excerpt from the Google translation:
EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN THE PROVINCES OF NORTH KIVU AND ITURI
Saturday, October 20, 2018
The epidemiological situation of the Ebola Virus Disease dated 19 October 2018:
• A total of 235 cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the region, of which 200 were confirmed and 35 were probable.
• Of the 200 confirmed, 117 died and 61 are cured. The others are hospitalized in the different Ebola Treatment Centers (ETCs) installed.
• 40 suspected cases under investigation.
• 8 new confirmed cases, including 6 in Beni and 2 in Butembo.
• 5 new deaths of confirmed cases, including 4 in Beni and 1 in Butembo (including 3 community deaths but dignified and secure burials).
• 3 new people healed, including 2 in Beni and 1 in Butembo.
• 5,332 contacts to follow.
• 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 community death is a death in the community, outside of a licensed health center.
News of the response
Port of entry monitoring
• Two agents of the Medical Unit of Rapid Intervention (UMIR) of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) died following an attack by Mai-Mai militiamen from the Vulindi entry point, located at the entrance from the city of Butembo. UNAMIR elements, unarmed, had been placed at certain points of entry into hazardous areas to assist National Border Health Program (PNHF) officers. It seems that the attack was premeditated. In the middle of the day, five armed Mayi-Mayi militiamen emerged from the surrounding forest and opened fire on the two UMIR agents before leaving without wounding the civilians present.
• According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, "it is a dark day for all the teams of the response that sometimes put their lives in danger in the service of the Nation. Health workers are not a target for armed groups. Despite the many attacks against them, our agents continue to go out on the ground every day to fulfill the mission entrusted to them. They are true heroes and we will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure that they can do their job safely."
In a dignified and secure ground
•After the dignified and safe burial of a man who died of Ebola in Butembo, a group of 22 young bikers from the neighborhood exhumed the body and opened the body bag. Influenced by rumors circulating in their neighborhood, they wanted to verify that no organ had been taken from the body by the response teams. By opening the body bag and putting their hands on it, they found themselves in direct contact with the bodily fluids coming out of the corpse. The next day, they agreed to all get vaccinated.
• Since the start of vaccination on August 8, 2018, 20,229 people have been vaccinated , including 9,393 in Beni, 4,391 in Mabalako, 1,663 in Mandima, 1,592 in Katwa, 1,085 in Butembo, 690 in Masereka, 434 in Bunia, 355 in Tchomia, 240 to Komanda, 160 to Musienene, 121 to Oicha and 105 to Kalunguta.