Third of DRC Ebola cases are children: UN

2018-12-12 06:15
Ebola ( File, iStock)

Ebola ( File, iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Children account for a third of Ebola cases in an outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with hundreds orphaned or isolated, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Nearly 300 people have died from the highly contagious disease since August in the restive east around the city of Beni.

The UN children's agency Unicef said the organisation and its partners had identified more than 400 children who have been orphaned or isolated during the outbreak.

"We are deeply concerned by the growing number of children confirmed to have contracted Ebola," said Unicef's Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Marie-Pierre Poirier, returning from Beni.

"The earlier children infected with Ebola receive treatment in a specialised health facility, the greater their chances of survival. Community mobilisation and public awareness activities are also crucial."

After it was declared on August 1 - the tenth outbreak in DRC since 1976 - at least 285 people have died, according to the last health ministry update on December 9.

Nearly 44 000 people have been vaccinated.

The outbreak has hit an area already struggling with violence from armed groups.

In November, medical and vaccination efforts were briefly suspended and health workers evacuated after clashes between UN peacekeepers and fighters from the local Allied Democratic Forces militia.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    un  |  unicef  |  drc  |  central africa  |  ebola  |  health
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Most Read
News In Your Area
Top Lifestyle
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.