Angola: worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years
From LUCAS PEDRO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – HUMANITARIAN groups have appealed for funds to stop the worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years, which has claimed the lives of more than 350 people and infected over 3 400 people.
The outbreak has spread to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo where it has killed an unspecified number of people.
Panic has gripped the Southern African country following the outbreak.
“People are understandably anxious and it is important that we engage them to help address their fears and dispel possible superstitions, and to ultimately support them in understanding what they can do to prevent the spread of yellow fever,” said Dr Adinoyi Adeiza, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents Societies (IFRC) health coordinator, Africa region.
The organisation has a 1.4 million Swiss franc emergency appeal to support the Angola Red Cross Society respond to the crisis.
The IFRC appeal will support the Angola Red Cross Society to scale up its activities and reach 9 million people through community engagement, health care, and hygiene promotion.
The Angola Red Cross Society and IFRC are working closely with the Government of Angola, World Health Organisati, UNICEF and other partners to put an end to the outbreak.
Infected female mosquitoes spread the yellow fever virus.
Angola is prone to vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and chikungunya.
– CAJ News
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