EYEAFRICA TV: Kinshasa, DR Congo: The United Nations spokesperson on Friday said one thousand people have survived the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Speaking to reporters in New York, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric hailed this achievement as an important milestone in the anti-Ebola campaign.
“A marking of an important milestone today, the 1000th person to survive Ebola after receiving treatment has now returned home. In a joint statement, David Gressly, who heads the emergency relief operation for Ebola and the World Health Organization, the World Food Programme and UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) as well as Save the Children, commended the strong leadership of the DRC health authorities and the tireless efforts of thousands of local health workers and partners,” said Dujarric.
Dujarric attributed the achievement to new drugs unveiled a few months ago at the height of the Ebola outbreak.
“New treatments have improved, survival rates of people infected with Ebola, according to recent study, over 90 percent of people who receive treatment early enough during their illness can be saved. Vaccination has also protected over 225,000 people,” said Dujarric
The outbreak began in August 2018 and is the largest and longest running that the DRC has experienced, with more than 3,000 reported cases and 2,137 deaths.