The Ministry of Health has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the response to the Ebola epidemic in the province of North Kivu on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Excerpt from the Google translation:
EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN NORTH KIVU PROVINCE
Thursday, August 16, 2018
The epidemiological situation of the Ebola Virus Disease dated August 15, 2018:
• A total of 78 cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the region, 51 confirmed and 27 probable.
• 24 suspected cases are under investigation.
• 5 new confirmed cases in Mabalako, including 1 health staff from the Mangina Reference Health Center. All of these new confirmed cases are probable and known case contacts.
• 2 deaths of confirmed cases in Beni.
* An analysis of the databases revealed that the death of the confirmed case in Mandima had been counted twice. Thus, there are 3 deaths in Mandima (and not 4), including 1 of a confirmed case and 2 probable cases.
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
Global health security
• On Wednesday, August 15, 2015, the Minister of Health, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, received in audience Ms. Jennifer Haskell, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States in the DRC, Dr. Robert Redfield Jr, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Raimi Ewetola, Country Director of the CDC in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Because of its size and central position in Africa, the DRC has an important role to play in global health security. Discussions focused on bilateral cooperation between the Ministry of Health and the CDC, CDC training programs for field epidemiologists, and future perspectives for strengthening collaboration.
• The day after this first interview, the Minister of Health led the American delegation to the heart of the response, in Beni in North Kivu Province. After a presentation of the epidemiological situation through coordination, the guests went to the Beni General Referral Hospital where they visited the new Ebola Treatment Center.
• After the meeting with the coordination in Beni, the Minister of Health separated from his hosts in order to go to Bunia, capital of the Ituri Province, where a first confirmed case of Ebola was notified August 12th. He was welcomed by a provincial government delegation including the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Provincial Minister of Health and the Provincial Minister of the Interior. Since the declaration of the epidemic in North Kivu Province, the provincial government of Ituri had set up crisis coordination and strengthened prevention and surveillance measures given the proximity between the epicenter of the epidemic in Mangina and the Mandima Health Zone in Ituri Province. Indeed, the health zones of Mangina and Mandima are separated by less than 400 meters and population movements are very frequent. Many farmers live with their families in Mangina but work in fields in Mandima. The Minister of Health congratulated the provincial government for its proactivity that has already saved several lives.
• Since vaccination began on August 8, 2018, 316 people have been vaccinated , including 176 in Mabalako, 100 in Beni and 40 in Mandima.