When they were between 60 and 80 years old, fifteen people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo last February from an illness whose nature remains a mystery.
It is in the province of Kwango in the west of the country that the mysterious disease is rife. The governor provided some explanations on what is observed on the patient:
« The patient begins with headaches, then pain everywhere, fever, then respiratory complications », Explained the governor of the province.
« The provincial Minister of Health, the chief medical officer of the Kasongo-Lunda health zone as well as epidemiologists from Kinshasa are hard at work. They have already taken samples to send to the INRB (National Institute for Biomedical Research)“, He added to AFP.
While waiting to find out what it is, it should be noted that two epidemics: Covid-19 and Chikungunya have been reported in this border city of Angola, located 250 km south-east of Kinshasa and devoid of ‘viable health infrastructure.
Health workers in this city have complained that they do not receive regular salaries, while access to medical care is made difficult because of its high cost in relation to the standard of living of the population, mainly farmers who have very low incomes.