Armed escorts will be required to protect vaccination teams as they battle to contain Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the World Health Organization has warned. The Ebola outbreak area in North Kivu province, classified as a level four security threat by the WHO – one of the highest set by the UN – comes amid local unrest including violence between rival militia groups. The turmoil poses major challenges for those tasked with locating and vaccinating people who may have come into contact with Ebola victims. “Even though we have access to the towns of Mangini and Beni, we don’t know to what extent we will be able to rely on armed escorts for broader contact tracing outside those small towns. “That’s going to be a critical determining factor in our ability to respond,” said
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, a medical doctor and public health specialist, is the Executive Director (ED)/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Abuja. Before his appointment in 2016 and resumption of duties at NPHCDA in January 2017, by President Muhammadu Buhari, he was a Senior Programme Officer (Africa) for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) at Seattle, United States (U.S.). Prior to joining the foundation, Shuaib coordinated Nigeria’s successful response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as the Incident Manager of the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre in 2014. He was also a member of the six-man panel established to assess the response of the World Health Organization (WHO) to the global Ebola outbreak in 2014 and p
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has started vaccination against the latest Ebola outbreak in the northeaster North Kivu province, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. The vaccination has targeted high risk populations in North Kivu, in which the provincial health minister and the provincial coordinator of the Expanded Program on Immunization were the first to be vaccinated. They were followed by first line health workers from the Mangina health center, 30 km from the town of Beni, who had been in contact with people who were confirmed cases of Ebola. “Vaccines are an important tool in the fight against Ebola. This is why it has been a priority to move them rapidly into place to begin protecting our health workers and the affected population,” said DRC Health Minister Dr.
The Ebola outbreak in Congo is confirmed to be the Zaire strain of the virus and vaccinations of health workers may start as early as Wednesday, a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Peter Salama, WHO deputy director for emergency preparedness and response, gave the results of genetic sequencing in a tweet saying that analysis showed it was a new outbreak in North Kivu province. “We can start using rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine as early as tomorrow.” The experimental vaccine, which is manufactured by Merck, proved successful during its first wide-scale usage against an outbreak of Zaire virus on the other side of Congo in the northwest that was declared over less than two weeks ago after killing 33. The experimental vaccine, which is manufactured by Merck, proved successf
People who obsessively play video games know how to look out for dangers in virtual worlds. Now they should be on guard for real danger in the real world—spending too much time playing. It is official. Gaming disorder is, well, a disease, according to a new classification by the World Health Organisation. In the latest revision to the International Classification of Disease (ICD11), WHO says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition—one known as “gaming disorder”, with code 6C51. The categorisation confirms what some parents have feared and has led critics to warn it may risk stigmatising too many young video players. It is the first time the classification will include “gaming disorder”. Its last revision 18 years ago—the ICD10—included “gambling dis
Determined to reduce maternal mortality rate in Cross River state, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the employment, training and posting of 784 midwives to all the 18 local government areas of the state. This, the organization said, was aimed at meeting recommended standard of four midwives per each of the 196 wards in the state. Speaking at the occasion to mark the 2017 International Day of the Midwives in Calabar, Head of Office of global organization in Cross River state, Dr. Edmond Egbe, said that, WHO and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are the key partners and very committed in strengthening healthcare delivery in the state. Dr. Egbe maintained that the organisation has supported two functioning schools of Midwifery with two buses and other needful and st...