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Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola vaccines administered in Mbandaka01:46

Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola vaccines administered in Mbandaka

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May 22, 2018 at 21:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Health workers were seen giving vaccines to patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) city of Mbandaka on Tuesday, the second day of a campaign which aims to contain an Ebola outbreak in the north-western Equateur province.

"We came here to help our Congolese brothers to combat the Ebola epidemic, and stop the chain of transmission as soon as possible," said World Health Organisation (WHO) doctor Alhassane Toure.

“We’re going ahead with ring vaccination in the community, and for frontline workers as well," he added.

Fifty one cases of Ebola and 27 deaths were reported by the DRC's Health Ministry.

Last Wednesday, the first 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccines touched down in the DRC capital of Kinshasa.

The WHO received a batch of 2,000 doses of medicine from the pharmaceutical company Merck, which will be shipped out to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the coming days.

On May 11, the WHO confirmed that there is an Ebola virus outbreak in the Equateur province.

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Health workers were seen giving vaccines to patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) city of Mbandaka on Tuesday, the second day of a campaign which aims to contain an Ebola outbreak in the north-western Equateur province.

"We came here to help our Congolese brothers to combat the Ebola epidemic, and stop the chain of transmission as soon as possible," said World Health Organisation (WHO) doctor Alhassane Toure.

“We’re going ahead with ring vaccination in the community, and for frontline workers as well," he added.

Fifty one cases of Ebola and 27 deaths were reported by the DRC's Health Ministry.

Last Wednesday, the first 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccines touched down in the DRC capital of Kinshasa.

The WHO received a batch of 2,000 doses of medicine from the pharmaceutical company Merck, which will be shipped out to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the coming days.

On May 11, the WHO confirmed that there is an Ebola virus outbreak in the Equateur province.

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