Trading hub in the Eastern part of the DR Congo, Butembo has recorded its first case of Ebola according to the country’s health ministry on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
Following the outbreak that was discovered two months ago, a phone interview between a DRC correspondent and Starr fm stated that, the latest outbreak was discovered in July, and so far there has been 144 cases of people under observation and 93 confirmed Ebola victims.
During the interview, the Congolese correspondent said, “currently WHO is working with the government to see how to contain the outbreak. Now there are vaccinations on going and we hope things will be better in a month”.
The city with a population of about 900,000 people has strong trade links to neighboring Uganda, more deaths have already been recorded in villages and urban areas including the city of Beni, 35 miles away from Butembo.
This outbreak is the 10th in DR Congo since the disease was first discovered in 1976 in the Northern part of the country.
Reports have indicated that there has not been any panic so far as there is constant vaccination going on.
The correspondent added, “vaccinations are mostly given to highly affected places and not the entire country and progressively there is hope that the treatment will reach other areas of the country”.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) liaised with the government to provide vaccinations for the affected city.