Confirmed Cases Of Ebola Rise To 42 In Congo -Ministry

Faith Castro
May 18, 2018

Presenting her motion, Senator Tinubu recalled that an infected immigrant, Mr Patrick Sawyer, who arrived Nigeria on July 23, 2014, was notable for being the index case for the introduction of Ebola virus into Nigeria.

The DRC government early last week declared a new outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Bikoro, Equateur Province.

"The most important thing is to stop the spread of the disease, and to that end, what they have to do is track down everybody - people who have contracted Ebola or even died from Ebola", CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta reports. Pinnick said the necessary precautions and screenings will be carried out on the DRC contingent, which incidentally will be dominated by players who play their football overseas.

The WHO is planning to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, near the border with the Republic of Congo, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine.

Three health care workers were also among 19 deaths, the WHO said in a statement. Congo had registered 52 total suspected cases, including two that have been confirmed, the World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman in Congo, Eugene Kabambi told Reuters.

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Contributing, the Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye (APC, Osun Central), urged the Senate to intervene and resolve the on-going strike by the country's health workers.

"The latest numbers until May 13, 2018 are: 42 cases, including two confirmed; 21 probable and 19 suspected", Ilunga said.

"As if that was not enough, upon his return to Nigeria, instead of summoning an emergency meeting of critical stakeholders to find solution to the problem, Mr. President abandoned the striking health workers and chose to organize and attend a political rally in Jigawa State".

"The Senate is further reminded that DRC is 445 kilometres by air from Abuja, is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours".

"The Senate is anxious that unless we prepare our hospitals, properly equipped with the Ebola vaccine where necessary, this is an epidemic we might be unable to take up and will only cause untold hardship".

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