In addition to Ebola, two epidemics, cholera and measles, have raged in several provinces of the DRC since August 2018, announced on Wednesday 13 February in Kinshasa the interim spokesman of MONUSCO, Mathias Gillmann, at the UN conference. United. Cholera has more than 50 deaths and measles, 137, according to the same source.
Mathias Gillmann reports that cholera and measles, which have been raging in several provinces of the DRC since August 2018, spread to other regions at the beginning of this year:
"In the provinces of Upper Katanga, Haut-Lomami and Tanganyika, cholera has claimed several lives since January. With regard to measles, two outbreaks are currently taking place in Upper Lomami and Lualaba. "
These two southern provinces recorded in January alone 7,175 measles cases with at least 137 deaths. Provincial health authorities say more than 8 out of 10 deaths are among children under the age of five, said MONUSCO interim spokesman, citing the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Health experts attribute this epidemiological resurgence to a combination of factors, including:
- low immunization coverage
- the mobility of people thus lengthening the chain of contamination of the disease to unaffected areas
- the inaccessibility of certain localities, because of the state of the roads
- malnutrition in children under 5 years old.
- the insecurity that drives thousands of people to flee their homes, thus escaping the various vaccination campaigns.
The bar of 500 deaths crossed
Meanwhile, Ebola continues to claim victims in North Kivu and Ituri. The latest epidemiological table presented by the Ministry of Health shows a cumulative number of 816 cases, 755 confirmed and 61 probable. There were 513 deaths (452 confirmed and 61 probable) and 277 people healed.
A total of 178 suspected cases are under investigation. 5 new cases confirmed in Katwa. 3 new deaths from confirmed cases in Katwa, all are community deaths. A new healed person has left the Butembo CTE.