The efforts were unveiled yesterday following the visit of Western Province Governor, Alphonse Munyantwali and his delegation to Bukavu in Southern Kivu Province, DRC on the invitation of his Congolese counterpart, Théo Ngwabidje Kasi.
The visit was aimed at strengthening cooperation between both provinces, discussing problems affecting them particularly drawing measures enhancing the smooth flow of movements at shared borders and prevention of Ebola outbreak.
As reads a joint communiqué released yesterday, both parties discussed joint Ebola prevention measures focusing on Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) signed by both countries’ health ministers on 6th June 2019 in Rubavu district.
“ Following the meeting, delegates from both countries reiterated commitment to further smoothen the free movement of people and goods between both provinces and strengthening Ebola prevention measures as explained by the joint technical team,” reads part of the communiqué.
“Both parties agreed on the exchange of information to keep working closely to address problems that might ruin common interests. It particularly concerns sharing lists of people who had direct contact with Ebola contaminated people, Ebola patients and those who died of the outbreak,” adds the statement.
Both parties commended efforts earmarked towards Ebola prevention mechanisms and willingness to strive for common interests between both provinces.
Two patients were recently diagnosed with Ebola in Bukavu.
At least 1,676 people have died from the virus since the current outbreak started in DR Congo in August 2018 translating to more than two-thirds of those who had contracted the virus.
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 the 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.
Rwanda has not yet recorded any Ebola cases.
Rwanda has in recent past stepped up efforts to prevent Ebola from spreading to the country, including scaling up screenings at all points of entry, surveillance, vaccinating frontline workers including health and immigration officers, public sensitization, among other measures.