UNICEF working with DRC officials on new Ebola case

UNICEF has announced that it is working with the health authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after a new case of Ebola was reported in the northeastern part of the country.

The DRC’s government confirmed late Friday that a three-year-old had died of Ebola on October 6 in Beni in northeastern North Kivu province, Xinhua news agency reported.

UNICEF staff are already prepared to respond to the newly rising Ebola case, the agency said in a statement on Saturday. Additional personnel will travel to Beni later this week in support of a first-line response through community mobilization, infection control and decontamination activities.

UNICEF will send medical equipment, water, sanitation and infection control supplies to the affected areas.

Three trucks loaded with vital equipment will leave for Beni on Sunday, carrying 160 cubic meters of vital nutritional supplies.

Through a well-established network of Community Action Cells (CACs), UNICEF will also support communication activities, track and trace efforts to prevent contamination and further infections.

DRC health officials confirmed that the three-year-old had died at a health center in the Butsili health area, not far from Beni, where he was admitted with Ebola-like symptoms in early October.

A GeneXpert test conducted in Goma confirmed that the three-year-old boy had Ebola.

Twelve people were infected and six died during the last Ebola surge earlier this year, which lasted nearly three months in the Biena, Katwa, Musienen and Butembo health areas of North Kivu province.

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