UN World Food Programme Starts Distributing Emergency Aid to Ebola Victims

by Hannah Joy on  August 31, 2018 at 4:27 PM Tropical Disease News
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Emergency food aid is being distributed by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) among Ebola victims and others affected by the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled North Kivu province.
UN World Food Programme Starts Distributing Emergency Aid to Ebola Victims
UN World Food Programme Starts Distributing Emergency Aid to Ebola Victims

"This 10th Ebola outbreak is unfolding in an area of active armed conflict and displacement," said WFP's director in Congo, Claude Jibidar.

"It poses a risk of a regional health emergency involving three countries - DRC, Rwanda and Uganda," Jibidar said.

"With its food assistance, logistics and air support already firmly in place, WFP is committed to do even more, to save lives and to prevent the epidemic from spreading," he stated.

Before Ebola broke out in North Kivu on August 1, WFP was already assisting hundreds thousands of people displaced by armed conflict in the populous province, the UN agency said.

In Beni territory, the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak, 12,000 displaced people had been receiving monthly food rations since July and WFP is now stepping up its operations there to assist also those affected by the epidemic.

WFP is providing food to patients and caregivers in hospitals located in the towns of Mangina and Beni.

Provisions are also being delivered to villages in the epidemic-stricken areas, with the further aim of limiting population movements which could spread the virus further, the agency said.

Some 4,000 people are receiving a one-month supply of cereals, beans, oil, and salt. To reinforce the response to critically ill patients, WFP is airlifting high energy biscuits into Goma from Dubai.

The biscuits are often used in emergencies as they are light, easy to transport and do not need cooking facilities.

A total of 111 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the beginning of the epidemic - 83 confirmed cases and 28 probable cases, WFP said. Over 4,000 people have been vaccinated against the virus.



Source: IANS

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