Children are the most vulnerable people in any disaster or emergency especially disease outbreaks. According to Democratic Republic of Congo government figures, 243 children succumbed to Ebola in DRC since the outbreak reported in August 2018.
According to Save the Children, across the three worst-affected countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – almost 25,000 people were infected with Ebola, including more than 3,600 children. Children have been left orphans as a result of this virus claiming the lives of their parents which led to the establishment of a child care center by UNICEF where those proven immune have been taking care of infants and small children whose parents are receiving treatment in an Ebola treatment center.
That word right there, Ebola. A virus that causes severe bleeding, organ failure and can lead to death. According to the research by World Health Organization Ebola virus may spread through human-human contact, animals or insects contact and the immediate symptoms include, fever, headache, muscle pain and chills and later internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood. In cases of death, it has been advised that burial ceremonies are to be conducted with extreme care
The virus was first discovered in 1976 in West Africa and between 2014-2016 which began in Guinea and later spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The years 2018-2019 saw a major Ebola outbreak in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that saw the treatment and control of the disease through the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine administered in Guinea 2015 where 5837 people out of the 11841 who trialed for the vaccine recorded no cases 10 or more days after the vaccination. The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is being used in the ongoing 2018-2019 Ebola outbreak in DRC.
Following the Ebola outbreak scare reported on June 17 of a patient admitted in Kericho County Referral Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms, the Ministry of Health has confirmed through a press statement that this is not an Ebola case.
Our neighbors in Uganda are enforcing all measures after the outbreak that has so far left a five-year-old boy dead who had reported visited DRC as confirmed by the Ministry of Health-Uganda.
It is in this regard, that we share the following prevention and control guidelines by WHO https://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/ebola/filovirus_infection_control/en/
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