Sunday, 20 October, 2019

Rwanda: Ebola Fears Slow Crossings at Rwanda-DRC Border

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Anna Jefferson | 13 August, 2019, 01:40

Goma, a lakeside city of almost 2 million people on the Rwandan border, has been on high alert over the past week after a gold miner with a large family contaminated several people before dying himself.

Rwandans are being stopped from crossing over into the DR Congo city of Goma due to Ebola concerns, the BBC Great Lakes Service reported on Thursday. It also has an global airport.

Despite the deployment of a highly effective vaccine, Ebola has continued to spread in eastern Congo, reaching the region's largest city of Goma last month. The first fatal case was of a 46-year old man who was a preacher and somehow passed through three health examination on his way from Butembo. More than 200 people who came into contact with the miner have been tracked and 160 of them have been vaccinated, according to Congolese authorities. Ituri is another province where many other Ebola cases were confirmed.

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The Associated Press recently reported that 1,700 people have died almost one year since the outbreak.

It added that relevant government agencies such as the Department of Health and its Bureau of Quarantine, the Bureau of Immigration, the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration should remain vigilant. Right after the first case in Goma was reported, World Health Organization declared it as a "rare global emergency". Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control.

The Rwandan and Congolese health ministers met Tuesday to discuss measures to stop the Ebola outbreak from spreading.

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