DRC: Ebola Vaccination campaign Begins at Ecuador

The Ebola vaccination campaign began Monday, May 21, 2018 in the various health zones where the epidemic in the province of Ecuador is raging, announced by the health authorities.

People under six and pregnant women will not be vaccinated.

“The vaccination will concern all the health zones and all the centers of the different territories such as, Wangata, Bikoro, Ingende, Iboko and Ikoko, which began on Monday in the province of Ecuador. The category of people to be vaccinated includes those who are 6 years old or older, except pregnant women. These vaccines will be administered  to “contacts of contacts”, that is to say if a person has been in contact with another affected person, all the relatives of this person will automatically be vaccinated, ” said Raoul Kamanda , Director of the National Program for Health Promotion on the margins of a workshop on the epidemic.

This is the ninth appearance of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and two health workers are already affected.

On Wednesday, 16th of May ,the government received a stock of 5400 doses of vaccine to fight the Ebola virus.

” Once we have lists of people and households who have been in contact with suspected or confirmed cases, early next week, we will begin to make a targeted vaccination. It is not a mass vaccination. This is a vaccination only for contacts with suspected or confirmed cases , “said Dr. Oly Ilunga, Minister of Health.

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