DR Congo to give cross-border traders Ebola vaccines
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This story is of interest to those who want to read further about Ebola. It has been picked up from the East Africa.
- The vaccine is produced by Johnson & Johnson and is different from the single dose Merck vaccine that has been used over the past year in DR Congo.
- The health authorities in Rwanda have also ordered 100,000 doses of the vaccine for a similar campaign targeting traders.
- Response teams would then expand vaccination to whole villages where Ebola cases are confirmed.
More than 60,000 traders in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who cross the border regularly into Rwanda and Uganda are to be vaccinated to curb an Ebola outbreak.
Cases recorded recently in the Congolese trading hub of Goma, which is on Rwanda’s border, and have raised concerns of cross-border spread.
According to Jean Jacques Muyembe, the co-ordinator of the Ebola response in DR Congo - where the virus has killed more than 1,900 in the last year - the health authorities in Rwanda have also ordered 100,000 doses of the vaccine for a similar campaign targeting traders.
Over the last month, Rwandan border officials have been limiting the number of traders they allow over to Goma each day.
It is not clear when the mass vaccination campaign will start.
Dr Muyembe said after vaccinating cross-border traders, response teams would then expand vaccination to whole villages where Ebola cases are confirmed." For more read.
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|Health workers carry out the body of a patient with unconfirmed Ebola virus in Mangina, near Beni, in the North Kivu province, on August 22, 2018. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP|