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5 September 2012 The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to control an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, which has led to 14 deaths over the past week.
In a news release, WHO stated it had deployed epidemiologists and logisticians to support the DRC’s Ministry of Health, and is working closely with partners such as Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to coordinate response efforts, monitor the situation, and provide information of the disease to the population.
The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, other bodily fluids or organs of infected persons or animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and antelopes, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days.
Sufferers can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver function. In the most severe cases, the virus leads to both external and internal bleeding.
As of Monday, a total of 28 cases, including 14 deaths, had been reported from the Haut-Uélé district, in the country’s north-east. Three of the deaths were health care workers in the district’s capital, Isiro, according to the health agency.
Control activities that are being carried out by WHO and partners include enhanced surveillance and social mobilization to reinforce practices that would control infection.
WHO said there is currently no indication that this outbreak is related to the Ebola outbreak in the Kibaale district of Uganda in July, which killed 17 people, adding that it does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions are applied to the DRC.
Article source: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42805&Cr=Ebola&Cr1=
The Sheikh from the refugee camp Irikessouni in Eastern Chad, told Radio Dabanga on Wednesday 5 September, that camps residents are suffering due to water scarcity for 10 days.
Sheikh Adam Solomon explained to Radio Dabanga that a Chadian man purchased the land where the camp’s water well is located. He said the man is now preventing Irikessouni’s employees from entering the area to fetch water.
According to Solomon, refugees are now consuming water unfit for drinking, leading to many cases of diarrhea. He said this water is retrieved from ponds around the camp formed by the rains.
The Sheikh appeals to the UN and Chadian authorities to solve this problem as soon as possible and to provide safe water to the camp’s refugees.
Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/35352
On Monday 3 September, Sheik Taher Ismail from Kassab camp in North Darfur, denied to Radio Dabanga that an agreement was signed between the localities of El-Waha and Kutum, as announced by the North Darfur government.
Ismail explained to Radio Dabanga that what happened was that the Governor of North Darfur, Osman Mohamed Yusuf Kibir, met on Sunday 2 September with residents of both localities separately.
Sheikh Ismail also told Radio Dabanga that residents from Kutum submitted a memorandum to the Governor Kibir on Saturday 1 September. He explained this memorandum includes residents’ visions and demands to solve problems they face in the locality, especially regarding security issues.
According to Ismail, residents demand the disarmament of everyone in Kutum, except of the army and of police forces. Residents say the officials should be the only ones to have access to weapons, masks and uniforms. He added citizens request the opening of thorough security points in Kutum and surrounding villages and that perpetrators are brought to justice. Lastly, Ismail said that Kutum residents demand that Damirs (Bedouin settlements), set up after 2003, are dismantled.
Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/35356