UNICEF DR Congo Weekly Ebola Situation Report #7 - 1 July 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 02 Jul 2017

Highlights

  • The Minister of Health declared the end of the Ebola epidemic in Likati health Zone as of 1 July, 2017 at a special event organized with the presence of UNICEF, WHO, CDC and the media.

  • Key features of the response highlighted by the Minister included:

o effective vigilance of the community and health workers at the district level, and the efficient and coordinated communication between the central, provincial and community levels that contributed to early detection of the epidemic;

o the quick response driven by a national coordination committee led by the Ministry of Health and with active involvement of WHO, UNICEF, MSF, CDC, UNFPA, MONUSCO, WFP, JICA, USAID, DFID and China;

o the prompt deployment of a response team including epidemiologists, biologists, clinicians, veterinary doctors, and sanitation experts, as well as two mobile laboratories;

o provision of free health services in the affected health zone to encourage the use of health services by the affected communities;

o effective communication campaign and approaches for information dissemination and promotion of preventive behaviour among the affected population;

o effective management of suspected and confirmed Ebola cases including psycho social support.

Situation in Numbers

  • 8 reported cases, including 3 probable cases, 2 confirmed cases by PCR and 3 confirmed cases by serology IgG