The Democratic Republic of Congo has kicked off Ebola vaccinations to stem an outbreak in the northwest city of Mbandaka, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.
Two people are known to have died so far in the city of over one million inhabitants where people live in close proximity to road, water and air links to the capital Kinshasa.
The first death occurred on April 21 and the second on Tuesday, marking the central African country’s 14th Ebola outbreak.
Around 200 doses of the Ebola vaccine have been shipped to Mbandaka from the eastern city of Goma, with more doses to be delivered in the coming days, the WHO said in a statement. So far 233 contacts have been identified and are being monitored, it added.
In other news – Good news for Dr John Kani
WITS University has finally capped actor Dr John Kani. The star bagged an honorary degree in 2020 but due to the pandemic, he was not able to walk on stage and get capped.
John bagged the doctorate for his role in literature, arts and social justice. Learn more