Diseases plague strife torn DRC
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – FACED with a volatile political atmosphere ahead of elections looking highly unlikely, the Democratic Republic of Congo is bogged by outbreaks of cholera, measles and the worst yellow fever in 30 years.
Funds are insufficient to control the crises.
In March, a yellow fever outbreak was declared after 39 cases were reported imported from neighbouring Angola.
A cholera outbreak has resulted in about 6 000 cases and 94 deaths since the start of 2016. A measles epidemic has produced at least 749 cases, resulting in 26 deaths.
There has been 3 625 suspected cases of yellow fever, of which 876 are confirmed, with 357 deaths.
In light of epidemics, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an emergency appeal, calling for more than 2 million Swiss francs (R29 million) to support activities in response to outbreaks.
The emergency appeal aims to provide assistance to more than 12 million people with interventions on emergency health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.
The appeal in DRC follows a call from the IFRC for 1,4 million francs to support Angola assist 9 million people affected by yellow fever.
– CAJ News
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