News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Ebola cases in DR Congo jump to 103

Congo DR: Ebola cases increasing on daily basis

By Prudence Arobani

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said no fewer than 103 cases of Ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of  Congo (DRC).

OCHA said the figures include 76 confirmed and 27 probable, including 61 deaths, as at Tuesday this week.

Suspected new cases continued to emerge in Mabalako and Oicha areas of North Kivu, according to the United Nations (UN) relief wing.

It said new alerts were under investigation in three more provinces: Mongala, Haut-Uele and Haut Katanga.

A joint United Nations-Ministry of Health team is implementing activities to combat the Ebola outbreak including alerts investigation.

The team is also providing vaccination, water, sanitation and hygiene education; epidemiological surveillance and psychological assistance to the affected families.

Since Aug. 8, more than 2,000 people have been vaccinated, OCHA said.

A joint response plan by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health was finalised with funds secured from donors and humanitarian partners.

The UN office, however, said the country-wide Humanitarian Response Plan, which required $1.67 billion to respond to the needs of 10.5 million people, was only 24 per cent funded.