93 kids dead in latest Congolese disease outbreak

Congolesefrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 120 refugees, mostly children, have died from a mysterious disease that has broken out in the volatile northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

At least 93 children below the age of 15 years have been confirmed dead from the outbreak ravaging internally displaced people’s (IDPs) communities in Kandoyi, some 350 km from Bunia, the capital of Ituri Province.

The causes of these community deaths are yet unknown but fever and anemia are the most common symptoms among casualties.

Authorities said most victims have died at home following the near-collapse of the health system.

The local inter organizations committee of aid agencies said the death rate was unusually high.

The committee has recommended that humanitarian actors in the health sector make an assessment of the situation in order to consider appropriate response actions.

“To date, there has been no official epidemiological investigation,” lamented a humanitarian spokesperson.

The latest crisis comes days after DRC reported an outbreak of the deadly Ebola. The disease has killed at least 17 people in the western Équateur Province.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) disclosed that the violence besetting Djugu in Ituri since December has disrupted schooling for about 70 000 pupils.

About 12 000 children in Grade 6 are about to miss the National Primary School Leaving Test.

Ituri is gripped by conflict between the agriculturalist Lendu and pastoralist Hema ethnic groups.

The conflicts have left an estimated 60 000 people dead since the Congo civil war of 1998.
– CAJ News

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