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Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:59 - Updated Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:59

MINSA prepared to halt Ebola spreading

Mbanza Kongo, - The health minister, Sílvia Lutucuta, said on Thursday in Mbanza Kongo, the conditions were created to contain "eventual" propagation of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the country.

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Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta

Photo: Henri Celso

The WHO assessment indicates that the risk of this epidemic continues to spread in the DRC and in the region "remains very high," but the risk of expanding out of that region is still low.

The province of Zaire shares a 330-km border with the DRC, of which 180 kilometers of land border and 150 of the river frontier (Zaire River).

To this end, according to Sílvia Lutucuta, who spoke to the press, preventive and sanitary control measures were reinforced at the main border posts with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country affected by this highly lethal disease that has already claimed thousands of lives since its resurgence in 2018.

She recalled that the outbreak that hit the neighboring country is the third in recent years, and so the Angolan health authorities have long been prepared to deal with a possible health emergency.

"We have an intense movement of people on both sides of the border with the DRC, both on the border of this province and in others of Angola with that country, so we are following the whole process," she said.

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