“The risk of spreading the disease in the rest of the city Goma is low as the patient was isolated and transferred to the Goma treatment center upon Ebola arrival.”
The Ministry of Public Health, Democratic Republic of Congo announced on Twitter.
This would be the first confirmed case of the Ebola Disease in the City of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Within the same period, the World Health Organization Chief – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus took to his Twitter handle and put out an official statement;
This is an excerpt from a statement released by the Ministry – apparently medical response to the victim.
“Medical staff at the health center he visited reacted quickly with the preparation and response planning activities.
…a 46-year-old pastor, entered Goma by bus from Butembo, where he had preached at seven churches, regularly laying his hands on the heads of those in attendance, including the sick. Symptoms appeared July 9 and he left for Goma on Friday, the ministry said.
The ministry said that all 18 passengers and the driver of the bus were immediately identified and were to be vaccinated on Monday (yesterday).
He said the patient was receiving treatment at the Ebola Treatment Center in Goma run by the Ministry of Public Health and medical humanitarian organization MSF International.
The center, he said, had been open since February and 3,000 health workers in the city had been vaccinated in case of such a situation.
Since the beginning of the epidemic in the DRC, there have been 2,489 cases of Ebola, 2395 of which have been confirmed and 94 have been categorized as probable, according to Ministry of Public Health data.
There are an additional 355 suspected cases under review, it said
A total of 1,665 people have died in the country from the disease.
Meanwhile, two Ebola response agents were separately killed in their homes on Saturday in the Mukulia health area, which borders Butembo, the ministry said.
The two agents had received threats since December of 2018 and one of them was attacked a few weeks ago but paid off the assailants.
“According to several sources, the attackers are people from the same neighborhood as the two victims who envied their neighbors because they had found a job in response to Ebola,” the ministry said.