Health 8,000 vaccinations against Ebola in western Rwanda

8,000 vaccinations against Ebola in western Rwanda

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BUTEMBO, CONGO – JULY 27: A member of health care informs Ebola’s suspicion that he will take precautions against the disease in Butembo, the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 27, 2019. (Photo by JC Wenga / Anadolu Agency through Getty Images)
PHOTO FILE: A member of healthcare informs Ebola’s suspects that he will take precautions against the disease in Butembo, the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by JC Wenga / Anadolu Agency through Getty Images)

Approximately 8,000 Rwanda have been vaccinated to date against Ebola in western Rubavu and Rusizi areas bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said on Saturday.

“There are at least 5,000 people vaccinated against Ebola in the Rubavu area at two different locations,” said William Kanyankole, director of Gisenyi Hospital in the Rubavu area, informing reporters about the district’s vaccination campaign.

There are three further vaccination sites to open, he said, adding that around 3,000 are vaccinated in the Rusizi area.

Rwanda’s government launched a voluntary Ebola vaccination campaign last December to prevent the spread of viruses from DR Congo.

The target is to administer 200,000 Ebola vaccine regimes for people who frequently cross the border and those living in DR Congo border areas, the ministry said.

Citizens are given two years of age or over.

According to Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, 17 million US dollars were spent on Ebola’s major national preparedness and response plan in the past 18 months.

Efforts to combat Ebola include the establishment of an Ebola treatment plant in the Rubavu area, Ebola case management training for medical staff, community participation, and simulation exercises to test and manage the country’s readiness.

There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Rwanda to date, according to the ministry.

According to the World Health Organization, 3,382 Ebola cases, including 2,232 deaths, occurred in the Congo Kivu and Ituri provinces since the outbreak began in August 2018.

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