Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Measles death toll surpasses 6,000 in DR Congo

Measles death toll surpasses 6,000 in DR Congo

In a statement released Tuesday, the organization called on partners and global agencies to increase their resources to fight what it called the "worst measles epidemic in the world".

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for more funding to stop what it has described as "the world's worst measles epidemic" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The WHO has been calling for more funding to curb the outbreak and mobilized so far 27.6 million US dollars.

The WHO said $US27.6 million ($40.2 million) had already been spent fighting the outbreak, but another $US40 million was needed to extend vaccinations to children between six and 14 years of age.

In a statement, the World Health Organization said more than 18 million children under the age of five were vaccinated against the disease past year, but routine vaccination coverage remains low in some areas.

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"We are doing our utmost to control this epidemic". "But to be really profitable, we should make sure that no little one faces the pointless threat of loss of life from a disease that's simply preventable by a vaccine". But Dr Amedee Prosper Djiguimde, director of the World Health Organization office in DR Congo, said the country "still need to do more" to deal with the measles epidemic. However, Ebola has gained far more worldwide attention, especially after armed militias attacked health workersin November.

The epidemic has also worsened because of the Ebola outbreak and a lack of public trust in the healthcare system in Congo.

Measles has killed practically 3 times as many individuals in Congo than an Ebola outbreak within the nation that has garnered way more worldwide consideration, notably after well being groups got here beneath assault from armed militias working within the space. A Cameroonian doctor was shot to death in April at a hospital in Butembo, where he treated Ebola patients.

The WHO announced that 60 health workers trained in December will be deployed across the country this week to support the agency and, among other services to combat the measles outbreak, promote community engagement.

According to the NGO, it is necessary to double the humanitarian aid and the psychological and social support for the population affected by this virus, which has resulted in the death of 2,200 people in the a year ago and a half.

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