Friday, November 22, 2019

First Ebola, Then Measles

Ebola continues to ravage the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

I may have last blogged about it on September 20, 2019 – but make no mistake, it is still virulent. 

According to the World Health Organization, as of November 12, a total of 3291 cases had been reported, including 3173 confirmed and 118 probable cases, of which 2193 cases have died. 

If that is not enough of suffering – now, there is measles which has already killed nearly 5,000 people in the country this year, after the disease spread to all the provinces in the country. 

Close to a quarter of a million people have been infected this year alone. The WHO say this is the world's largest and fastest-moving epidemic! 

And measles in DR Congo has now killed more than twice the number who have died of Ebola there in the last 15 months. 

The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency vaccination program in September that aimed to inoculate more than 800,000 children. 

But poor infrastructure, attacks on health centers and a lack of access to routine healthcare have all hindered efforts to stop the spread of the disease. And experts warn there are not enough available vaccines in the country. 

In DR Congo, it never rains but it pours.

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