DR Congo


Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed one more case of Ebola.

It was gathered that this case is connected to the first case, reported earlier this month, of a nurse who died in the resurgence of the virus in the eastern DR Congo.

According to the World Health Organization, the country has now confirmed seven cases and four deaths. 

More than 250 health workers and high-risk contacts have been vaccinated.

The country launched a vaccination campaign seven days after the resurgence.

About  8,000 Ebola vaccines that were kept in reserve after the last outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being used to fight a resurgence of the disease that began earlier this month.

It is said that the first people to be vaccinated were health workers at Matanda health center, where the first Ebola patient was treated.

They were given the single-dose vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV – better known as Ervebo.

After the death of the first patient on 3 February, three other contact cases tested positive, including a health care worker.

DR Congo health ministry has disclosed that a new case of the Ebola virus has been detected in the east of the country.

A woman from the town of Biena near the city of Butembo has died as a result of the disease. The authorities have stated that they are sending a response team to the area.

It was gathered that this would be DR Congo’s 12th Ebola outbreak.

On Thursday night, in Uvira town, in the east of the country, a drunk soldier was said to have shot dead 13 people, including women and children.

The army in the Democratic Republic Congo have disclosed that there’s an ongoing search for the soldier.

Angry mobs were said to have paraded the streets on Friday morning in the lakeside town to demand the personnel of the army battalion in the area be changed.

It was also gathered that they demanded that the government pay compensation to affected families and for the health care of wounded survivors.

Attacks blamed on a notorious rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have claimed the lives of 19 people.

Officials disclosed that the bodies of nine people who were kidnapped on Friday have been found in North Kivu Province.

However, in the neighbouring Ituri region, the same militia known as the Allied Democratic Forces or ADF attacked the village of Bukaka on Saturday killing ten civilians.

On Wednesday, after hours of questioning into the alleged misappropriation of funds, the chief of staff to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested in the capital, Kinshasa.

Vital Kamerhe was questioned over his role following allegations of corruption in infrastructure projects that fell under his agenda during the first 100 days of President Félix Tshisekedi’s term last year.

After questioning he was driven  to the city’s main jail, Makala Prison, where he spent the night. It is still unknown whether charges will be brought against him.

Mr Kamerhe’s supporters were sighted protesting in his hometown, Bukavu, in eastern DR Congo. It was said that they blocked the road outside his party headquarters.

It was also revealed that Mr Kamerhe’s party Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) backed Mr Tshisekedi’s presidential bid in the December 2018 election.