The entire field operation was suspended on Saturday, November 17, and the emergency operations center was closed. All teams stayed in their hotels.
On Friday, November 16, 2018, an armed group invaded a Boicen district in the Rwenzori community in Ben's city to attack one of the Monusco bases. The peacekeepers reacted immediately, after several hours of fighting, a rebel group, a few meters from the Emergency Operation Center for Ebola and hotels that hosted several reaction teams.
Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga regrets the violence that once again injured Beni populations and slows down the response of the response teams to ending the outbreak of Ebola. The latter is dangerous, especially in Ben, where national and international teams continue to work with the people to end the epidemic.
The uncertainties of armed groups, including the potential rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), complicate the Ebola response in Ben, the province of North Kivu where mortality rates and new cases of Ebola will continue to run.
Since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases is 358, of which 311 are approved and 47 are possible. In total there were 213 deaths from Ebola, of which 166 were confirmed and 47 cases were possible. 57 suspected investigative cases. Six new cases were confirmed this week, including four Ben, one Katwa and one Kalunguta, as well as three newly confirmed cases, including two Beni and one Katwa. Meanwhile, more than 31,000 people have been vaccinated since the onset of the epidemic since the start of the epidemic.
The planned closure of the geographical vaccination is also reported in the Kaljanta Health Zone in the village of Canihung. Targeted geographical vaccination, which is wider than traditional lumbar vaccination, is the vaccination of several houses or even all villages or districts around an approved case, provided that the safety conditions prevent the necessary investigations from being made to establish a contact list.
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