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Ebola contained in Congo, cholera epidemic kills, Doctors Without Borders need help

Staff Writer | June 26, 2018
A little over a month after the response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo began, the virus has largely been contained, according to World Health Organization (WHO) officials.
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Africa   A cholera epidemic has claimed 13 lives
The disease has not spread further in urban areas and response efforts are now focusing on surveillance and locating active cases.

A cholera epidemic has claimed lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In one week, 13 new deaths were recorded in Mbujimayi, the largest town in Kasai Oriental.

“For over a week, our province has been facing a disease characterized by diarrhoea and vomiting. Samples were taken and sent to major laboratories in Kinshasa to determine the cause. The laboratory has just confirmed that it is cholera,” said Alphonse Ngoyi Kasanji, Governor of Kasai-Oriental Province.

The cases are mainly recorded at the Christ Roi hospital located in the municipality of Bipemba.

In addition to the lack of sanitary infrastructures, there are the difficulties of access to drinking water. That is the case at the General Hospital of Dipumba where another care unit is located and where there are dozens of patients.

This has forced the residents to resort to fetching water muddy in containers, while some able-bodied youth have taken on a daily task of traveling far to fetch clean water in jerrycans. At the moment, they have only one source outside town.

At La Muya hospital, another major treatment unit, non-profit organisation Doctors Without Borders admits that it is no longer able to cope on its own with the many disease outbreaks affecting the population.