The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Minister of Health, Eteni Longondo, announced a new Ebola Virus outbreak is in the city of Mbandaka, in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
“A new outbreak of Ebola has been reported in the city of Mbandaka in the northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo” Health Minister Eteni Longondo said at a press conference on Monday.
Mbandaka, the capital of the Equateur province, is a transport hub on the Congo River with a population of more than one million people.
"I can confirm to you that we have a new outbreak of Ebola in Mbandaka ... Therefore, I am planning to go there to provide technical support to the response team", Longondo said, as quoted by the local 7sur7 news website.
DRC Health Minister said, samples of suspicious cases from Mbandaka that were sent to the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) came back positive for Ebola.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), confirmed on Monday that anew outbreak of Ebola Virus has been detected near Mbandaka, adding that of six registered patients, four have died. The WHO head noted that the country was also in the final phase of battling Ebola in its eastern part of the Country.
In April, the country was anticipating declaring victory over the Ebola epidemic. However, more than 50 days after the region's last Ebola patient recovered on 27 March, new cases were reported in the eastern region of Kivu. The patient died on 10 April.
The Ebola Pandemic started in early 2018 and has since claimed over 2,200 lives. This is double tragedy to the DRC, a country that is battling also Coronavirus at this particular time with strained resources.