ADDIS ABABA-- After recruiting and training 18 Congolese volunteers, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has deployed them to Equator province to support the response to Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo.

The African Union Commission announced Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that the responders, who are former volunteers of the African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) in the 2014-16 outbreak, also participated in the post-Ebola enhanced surveillance in DRC in July 2017 in the province of Bas-Uele.

Distributed in four subgroups, Africa CDC volunteers will be based in Mbandaka (headquarters of the province of Equator), Bikoro, Itipo (epicentre of the ongoing epidemic) and Iboko.

This multi-disciplinary team is composed of epidemiologists, physicians, communication experts, infection prevention and control experts, and a data manager, said the Commission. They will support the efforts of the Congolese government in epidemiological surveillance, case management, laboratory diagnostic, water, hygiene and sanitation as well as communication and social mobilization.

In the meantime, the AfricaCDC on Friday held a task force meeting to further plan for the AU support to the Ebola outbreak in DRC.

The meeting, chaired by the AfricaCDC director, Dr John Nkengasong, received a situation report on the current status and deliberated on the concept of operations.


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