the end of the eleventh Ebola epidemic in the province of Equateur

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The eleventh Ebola epidemic has ended, according to the Minister of Health, who announced it on Wednesday 18 November. This epidemic would therefore have lasted for five months, it had been confined in the province of Equateur where it killed 55 people in 130 cases.

The 10th Ebola outbreak was the deadliest and longest in the country, no doubt due to its politicization with a mortality rate of 66%. She was not not finished in the east of the country that an 11th was declared in the province of Equateur on June 1, a more landlocked province.

It took only five and a half months to stop this latest epidemic from two years before the previous one. The Ministers of Health explain these good results by bringing together the care places and by a better medical response, especially when it comes to medicines and vaccines.

Management that can still be improved

But this epidemic could have lasted even shorter if there had not been other epidemics at the same time, including Covid-19. And above all, the swelling in the lists of suppliers who had to support the answer, which delayed their payment for verification and led to strikes. In September, the answer had 4,000 employees for about 120 patients, a group of ambassadors who in the previous epidemic had condemned an “Ebola company”.

This region like Greater Ecuador is in its fifth epidemic. And the government, like its partners, fears a new resurgence, especially since bushmeat can be contaminated and it is difficult to control its consumption in sometimes very remote areas.

The health ministers are considering routine vaccination in the most vulnerable areas: Greater Equateur, Bandundu and the eastern part of the country. Last year, the WHO (World Health Organization) pre-qualified a vaccine. Ervebo, manufactured by the Merck laboratory. But so far it has never been used on a large scale.

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