Rubavu residents advised against crossing to Goma over Ebola outbreak

By IGIHE
On 16 July 2019 at 12:06

The Minister of Health (MINISANTE), Dr. Diane Gashumba has cautioned citizens against crossing to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or be watchful in case they travel to the country over Ebola outbreak which has been reported in Goma town where a large number of Rubavu residents purchase goods.

She made the warning yesterday during a tour of Rubavu district along with accompanying delegation supervising the implementation of measures to prevent Ebola Virus Disease.

The efforts follow a case of Ebola Virus Disease confirmed on Sunday July 14th,2019 in Goma, North-Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo bordering with Rwanda.

As she spoke to the media after visiting different borders connecting Goma with Rubavu town, Minister Gshumba requested Rubavu residents to avoid crossing to DRC or be vigilant if they go to the country.

“Everyone is conscious. You can buy goods elsewhere other than Goma markets. We are not closing borders but we alert residents of the outbreak. We cannot however assume that things have fallen apart because only one person was detected with Ebola and returned to Butembo while those who approached the person were put in quarantine to be tested,” she said.

Minister Gashumba asked residents not to cross to DRC to seek what is available in Rwanda.

“You cannot prohibit someone to cross the border but everyone should be mindful maintaining the integrity of the nation concerns them. If what the person seeks there is available here, he/she can stop going there until the situation comes back to normal,” she said.

Rwanda has taken stringent measures to prevent Ebola outbreak with Ebola treatment exercises to doctors, police and the military and community health workers and establishing Ebola Treatment Center.

Following the visit, the team of workers from Rwanda Biomedical Center, the World Health Organization (WHO) will stay in Rubavu district to support existing initiatives to prevent Ebola until the outbreak is no longer reported in DRC.

Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by Ebola viruses.

Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches.

Vomiting, diarrhea and rash usually follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys.

At this time, some people begin to bleed both internally and externally. The disease has a high risk of death, killing between 25 and 90 percent of those infected, with an average of about 50 percent. This is often due to low blood pressure from fluid loss, and typically follows six to sixteen days after symptoms appear.

The virus spreads through direct contact with body fluids, such as blood from infected humans or other animals. Spread may also occur from contact with items recently contaminated with bodily fluids.

The Minister of Health (MINISANTE), Dr. Diane Gashumba in a tour of Rubavu district supervising the implementation of measures to prevent Ebola Virus Disease.
A case of Ebola Virus Disease confirmed in Goma, North-Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo bordering with Rwanda.
Minister Gashumba asked residents not to cross to DRC to seek what is available in Rwanda.
Minister Gshumba requested Rubavu residents to avoid crossing to DRC or be vigilant if they go to the country.Minister Gshumba requested Rubavu residents to avoid crossing to DRC or be vigilant if they go to the country.

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