Over the weekend, and to date, Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has risen by 19 cases, as US government officials who recently visited the outbreak area have their support not only for the outbreak reaction but also for the outbreak response entire country pronounced health system.
Over the weekend, a US government delegation, including Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Disease Control (CDC), Robert Redfield, MD, and the National Institute of Allergy and The Director of Infectious Diseases (NIAID), dr. Anthony Fauci, toured an Ebola treatment center in Butembo.
The officials were accompanied by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, and the United Nations Emergency Ebola (UN) Response Coordinator David Gressly.
Officials share their impressions
According to an HHS press release, the group talked with him about how to prevent and control infections among nurses about patient care and Ebola helpers and health workers on the challenges they face due to mistrust and security issues in the region.
The visit also includes discussions with local community leaders, including women's association representatives. a trade group and cultural groups.
Azar announced in a statement on September 1
In a media mail letter today, Azar and other US officials, including some State Department officials, shared their impressions of the visit. Azar said after watching patient care and meeting health workers at the Ebola treatment center, "I can not overstate the importance of the two therapeutics." The drugs are Regeneron's REGN-EB3, an antibody cocktail, and mAB114, an antibody therapy developed by a DRC patient who had survived Ebola during an earlier outbreak.
Azar added that the officials were witnesses of patients who were treated with the drugs that were discharged from the Ebola treatment center after their recovery. "This is a radical change from the previous state."
Even though emergency response teams are making progress, especially in community engagement, basic public health practices such as tracking contacts are still not at the required level, Azar added.
Redfield said that although the cases have decreased in recent weeks, officials are not confident until the key indicators change. He added that the proportion of deaths in the community is still too high and the number of contacts and early isolated patients is still too low.
Prior to the visit to Butembo, senior US officials also met with DRC President Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasa and with Jean-Jacques Muyembe, PhD, head of the Democratic Republic's Multisector Ebola Response Committee (CMRE) Congo, as well as the newly appointed Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo, med. Eteni Longondo, MPH. Yesterday, the group traveled to Rwanda to meet with President Paul Kagame and other high-ranking officials.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has already announced nearly 158 million dollars for the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This support also helps Burundi. Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda are increasing their resistance to the virus.
New cases of smaller trouble spots
In the outbreak, the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirmed 4 new cases today, bringing the total to 3,129 cases, according to figures, reflected in the WHO Online Ebola Dashboard. The authorities are still investigating 475 alleged cases.
Eighteen more deaths have been reported in recent days, bringing this number up to 2,095.
In the updates of September 14 and yesterday, the CMRE of the Democratic Republic of Congo has added more details to 15 of the most recent cases. Locations reflect continued activity at many of the smaller hot spots. These include Mandima (6 cases), Komanda (2), Mambasa (2), Biena (1), Kalunguta (1), Katwa (1), Kayna (1) and Oicha (1).
Out of 10 deaths The two CMRE reports recorded 9 cases in Ebola treatment centers and 1 case in the Oicha community.
14. September HHS press release
13. September HHS Press Release
WHO Online Ebola Dashboard
CMRE Update of September 14
CMRE Update of September 15