While the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak this year, the Congolese health sector was battling a double pandemic as the Western Equateur Province which had been the epicentre of the 11th outbreak reportedly recorded over 50 deaths, 130 infected cases and 75 recoveries.
The country had a reprieve on Wednesday 18 November when the announcement was made by the country’s Minister of Health, Dr. Eteni Longodo alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO) after 48 days of no new reported case.
However, health officials have advised that despite the announcement, safety measures and health protocols should continue to be in place to avoid a spike in another round of outbreak.
Longodo expressed the challenge involved in controlling the spread of the outbreak which according to him “constituted a major logistical challenge in terms of the implementation of response activities in a health system already weakened by previous epidemics and by a weak involvement of the community. ”
It was reported earlier in November that the recent Ebola outbreak in the country was under control because it progressed slowly compared to the 10th outbreak as 34 days had gone by without newly reported cases.