Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Ebola Outbreak Threatens Super Eagles, DR Congo Friendly

Ebola Outbreak Threatens Super Eagles, DR Congo Friendly

A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session for Congolese health workers to deal with Ebola virus in Kinshasa October 21, 2014.

"The Democratic Republic of the Congo being at its ninth epidemic of this nature, we have well-trained human resources in this area who have always been able to quickly control the previous epidemics", said Orly Ilunga, Minister of Health in a statement issued in emergency on Tuesday in Kinshasa.

There are two confirmed Ebola cases and 17 deaths that are suspected to have been caused by the virus, according to the heath ministry.

More than 11,000 people died in almost 30,000 confirmed cases in that outbreak, according to the World Health Organisation.

The recommendation will now be discussed with worldwide organisations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The ministry has dispatched a team of experts to Bikoro to supervise and help monitor the situation to avoid further spread of the disease. The deadliest outbreak to date hit West Africa between 2013 and 2016, killing more than 11,300 people.

Players like Mikel John Obi reportedly wore face masks and hand gloves in camp as preventive measures against the deadly virus.

ABUJA-FOLLOWING the report of recent outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, the Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday, directed the Federal Ministry of Health to step up surveillance at all entry points in the country, to prevent Ebola virus being brought into the country.

WHO said Tuesday it is working closely with Congo's government to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners as it did successfully in Congo past year.

The Ikoko Impenge health facility, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Bikoro, has limited capabilities, relying on worldwide organizations, WHO said.

World Health Organization plans to deploy epidemiologists, logisticians, clinicians, infection prevention and control experts, risk communications experts and vaccination support teams in the coming days, said the statement.

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