Ebola

New Ebola case in DRC two days before its official end

Just a couple of days before the world and the Democratic Republic of Congo officially declare an end to the nightmarish Ebola outbreak, the country has confirmed a new case of the epidemic, after 52 days without a new transmission. According to a statement from the riposte committee against...

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 9:55pm

336 people vaccinated against Ebola in Rubavu daily

336 people are vaccinated against Ebola daily on the border of Rwanda and DR Congo in Rubavu district since the campaign was launched at the beginning of December last year. Although the spread of Ebola has been reducing globally, the disease continues to become a world health crisis. The Latest...

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 12:07am

Local artistes raise Ebola awareness through song

The Ministry of Health and UNICEF through Rwanda Biomedical Centre brought together local artistes to raise awareness on Ebola, in a new song dubbed “Let’s prevent ourselves from Ebola”. The song was composed and sang by artistes, Marina, Ama-G the black, New Mana and Senderi...

Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 12:40am

Rwanda, DR Congo to vaccinate over 700,000 people against Ebola

Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Sunday unveiled a massive vaccination campaign against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for their residents who live within the vicinity of a possible Ebola outbreak. The campaign which has been dubbed ‘Umurinzi’, which loosely means ‘...

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 12:08am

Ebola vaccine approved in Europe

The World Health Organisation on Tuesday, November 12, prequalified the Ebola vaccine, Ervebo, paving the way for its use in high-risk countries such as DR Congo and its neighbours. Prequalification, widely known as “pre-qual” means that the vaccine meets WHO standards for quality,...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:04pm

Ebola vaccine more than 97 percent effective: WHO

The World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has announced that they now have an Ebola vaccine that is more than 97 per cent effective and treatments that are more than 90 per cent effective if used early enough. His reassuring announcement came three days after...

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 8:47pm

AU vows to intensify efforts to tackle Ebola crisis

The African Union (AU) on Wednesday urged concerted efforts against the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the death toll climbed to 1,782. "The AU Commission, through the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), is reinforcing its support to...

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 8:45am

What you need to know about the new Ebola drugs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday announced that the co-sponsors of the Ebola therapeutics trial in the DR Congo had announced advances that will bring patients a better chance of survival. According to the UN health agency, two out of the four drugs being tested are more...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 4:34pm

DRC, Rwanda adopt joint roadmap in fighting Ebola

The Minister of Health, Dr Diane Gashumba and her Congolese counterpart, Pierre Kangudia Mbayi, have agreed to set up a joint roadmap for cross-border activities aimed at combating the Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic. It follows the death of more than 1,600 people Ebola in DR Congo since the...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 3:03pm

Ebola: Continued vigilance a necessity

With another case of the deadly Ebola virus reported in Goma, just across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo, last week,  Rwanda’s medical machinery is in overdrive. The Rwandan Ministry of Health has not been idle; it has carried out drills in several medical facilities on...

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 8:55am

Second Ebola case confirmed in Goma

Rapid response teams have swung into action to prevent further transmission after a second case of Ebola was detected in DR Congo's border city of Goma, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Goma shares borders with Rwanda's...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 12:37pm

WHO commends Rwanda’s Ebola preparedness efforts

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has commended Rwanda on its ongoing Ebola preparedness efforts and confirmed that no cases of Ebola have been reported from the country to date. For over 11 months, the Ebola epidemic has menaced neighbouring...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:33pm

Ebola case confirmed in Goma

A first case of Ebola has been confirmed in the DR Congo border town of Goma, where a cleric tested positive after he arrived in the city of one million by bus. Goma shares borders with Rwanda's Rubavu District in Western Province. According to the Congolese Ministry of Health, the cleric...

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 4:57pm

Kenya on high alert after four are put in isolation amid Ebola suspicion

Three other people have been put in the isolation ward at Kenya’s Kericho Referral Hospital after a woman was Sunday admitted with Ebola-like symptoms. The husband of the woman who was admitted on Sunday night and two others who assisted him to take her to hospital have been placed in...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 7:13pm

Rwanda on alert as three Ebola cases are confirmed in Uganda

Rwanda’s ministry of health has implored the public and concerned agencies to strengthen measures to prevent the spread of Ebola into Rwanda. This comes after one case of the Ebola virus was, Tuesday, confirmed in Uganda’s western district of Kasese by the World Health Organisation....

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 3:27pm

Ebola fight has new science but faces old hurdles in restive Congo

When Espérance Nzavaki heard she was cured of Ebola after three weeks of cutting-edge care at a medical center in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, she raised her arms to the sky with joy and praised the Lord. Her recovery is testament to the effectiveness of a new treatment, which isolates...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:13am

Death toll from Ebola outbreak in DRС climbs to 49

The number of victims from the latest outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has increased to 49 people, the DRC Health Ministry said Sunday. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the death toll stood at 44. To date, medical specialists have...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:26am

DR Congo: All contacts of Ebola patients have been vaccinated

Medical workers in Democratic Republic of Congo have given all the immediate contacts of Ebola patients in the city of Mbandaka an experimental vaccine as they try to thwart a disease that has killed around 25 people, the health ministry said. Ebola spreads easily through bodily fluids and the...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 10:02am

Nigeria bushmeat industry rebounds after Ebola outbreak

There is a steady flow of customers, the dirt car park is filled with vehicles, and the stalls at Oluwo market in Epe outside Lagos city are full. The market is one of the biggest in this West African country where bushmeat is sold. The mood is festive and everyone from traders to customers...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 8:29am

WHO hopes to use Ebola vaccine to stem outbreak in remote area of Congo

GENEVA – The World Health Organization said on Friday it hopes to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine to tackle an outbreak in a remote area of Congo to prevent it spreading, particularly to the provincial capital of 1 million people. Congo reported the outbreak on Tuesday, with 32...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:58am

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