Organized by the Ministry of Health, Hygiene and Prevention, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), CDC, MSF-CH and Gavi, the campaign The five-day vaccination program materialized after the DRC obtained 187,460 doses of vaccines (Menactra) against meningitis, as well as vaccination equipment from the International coordinating group.
According to the head of the WHO office in the DRC, Dr Amédée Prosper Djiguimdé, the holding of this vaccination campaign reaffirms the UN agency’s determination to save lives, prevent hospitalizations and reduce new infections and illnesses. sequelae.
‘‘We congratulate the government for giving priority to the rapid delivery of vaccines to all affected health areas of Banalia, so that targeted people, including in mining homes, can be vaccinated for free. ”, he said.
For his part, Edouard Beigbeder, representative of Unicef in the DRC, said the goal is to vaccinate all target people. Reaching all those at risk, especially children under 5, with a quality vaccine to immediately contain the epidemic is the main goal of Unicef. Meningitis is one of those killer diseases that can be prevented by vaccination. The vaccine saves lives ”, he indicated.
Since the start of the epidemic, suspected cases of meningitis have been reported in all twenty health areas of Banalia, the most affected health area. But the epidemic remains contained in this area with a few cases reported in the neighboring health zone of Bengamisa.
As of October 8, 1,735 suspected cases have been reported, including 195 lives lost. Surveillance efforts with active case finding and community engagement have therefore made it possible to detect suspected cases better and more quickly. In addition, effective case management has resulted in a drop in weekly death rates from 84% in early July to less than 10% currently.