The study showing the outbreak of ebola in workers health community; where theEbola vaccine hampering by deep distrust in eastern Congo. Health workers were desperate to persuade him to get vaccinated for Ebola after a friend fell ill with the lethal and highly contagious disease. The positive Ebola test result and a chilling warning from a team of health workers.
But health experts agree the experimental Ebola vaccine has saved multitudes in Congo. But after nearly a year and some 171,000 doses given, the epidemic shows few signs of waning. The virus has killed more than 1,700 people and has now arrived in the region’s largest city, Goma. The World Health Organization last week declared the outbreak a global health emergency.
Outbreak of ebola
During the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which left more than 11,300 people dead, health workers could only dream of a vaccine with a 97.5% effectiveness rate that could improve the odds of survival even in those already infected. WHO sayingh as many as 90 percent of those eligible for vaccination have accepting it; but that figure only including those who gave contact tracers enough information to be including on a list.
Health workers have been using what is knowing as a ring vaccination strategy; The vaccine is first given to those who were in close contact with a sick person. Then a second so-called ring is created by giving the vaccine to those who were in contact with those people. Because of the difficulties in making that strategy work, some people didn’t get vaccinated until they had already been infected with the virus, and they developed Ebola anyway.
Vaccine in communities
That increased doubts about the vaccine in communities; where the public health campaigns leding by outsiders already were viewing with suspicion and hostility. In some cases, health teams have been unable to reach certain areas because of violence or rebel activity. Earlier this month, the head of the Congolese health ministry’s response efforts in Beni was at one point unable to return from a field visit while the military battled ADF rebels; who are linking to the Islamic State.
Whether or not the available doses are sufficient to fulfill the demands depends on the evolution of the outbreak, the access to the communities and the successful expansion of the production of additional doses by Merck in early 2020. Outside the mud-brick home where his children still lived, a pickup truck full of plastic tables and chairs pulled over. Soon a tent was set up; and vaccination teams donning eye protection and yellow surgical gowns. Neighborhood children climbing the trees to watch.