DRC Declared the Second-Largest Outbreak of Ebola Killed 500 people

The recent update on the ongoing epidemic of Ebola destroying Africa shows that the situation is getting worse than before. According to reports of the Health Ministry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), until 10th February, there present 811 cases of Ebola. Out of those, some of the cases are confirmed, and some are probable. Till date, 510 people have died, which also includes 100 children in it. Health workers predict the outbreak is far from the end. It is reported that most of the children are under five years of age. More than 180 kids lost their parents amid the Ebola epidemic. The outbreak is the second-largest in the history of DRC.

The country faced the most severe epidemic between 2014 and 2016. At that time, near about 11,000 people died due to the virus. The current outbreak circulated the northeast of the DRC including North Kivu and Ituri. Before some days, officials expected an end of the epidemic, but emerging cases destroyed that expectation. According to WHO, new cases surfaced between 15th January and 3rd February. People do not have a precise knowledge of the disease, and this lack of awareness is troubling relief efforts. More than 70,000 people have received shots to fight against the disease, but the vaccine is an experimental Ebola vaccine. Officials suspect about the effectiveness of the vaccine. The Associated Press reported that the people who received the vaccine also contracted the virus. Generally, the virus spreads when a health person come in contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

On the other hand, a unique Ebola vaccination program in the DRC has plunged in claims of misbehavior. The members of health program are asking women for sexual favors as compensation for treatment.  The issue raised as officials gathered in the city of Beni for a national taskforce meeting. Several NGO’s studied the matter. The research revealed that a deep doubt of health employees is common in DRC. As per the study, gender-based inhumanity started from the Ebola epidemic began in August 2018.

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