DRC: More than 7 million people expected for yellow fever vaccination in South Kivu


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More than 7 million people between the ages of 6 months and 60 years are expected to take part in a yellow fever vaccination campaign in South Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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These figures were reported during the official launch of this campaign in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu on Monday.

According to Masine Keninua, the provincial minister in charge of health who took part in the ceremony, this campaign follows cases of yellow fever that have been reported in some provinces of the DRC, including South Kivu.

I call on the entire population to get vaccinated, as prevention is better than cure, as they say. Together let’s protect ourselves and our children from yellow fever. Vaccination is protection. The consistent strategy has been adopted in hospitals, schools, health centers and places of worship

The provincial minister in charge of health confirmed that vaccination will be organized in 34 health zones in South Kivu, i.e. from November 28 to December 7 in three health zones in Bukavu and from December 1 to December 11 in another 31 health zones in South Kivu. Governorate.

He called on all the people of South Kivu to take charge of this campaign and to vaccinate widely to protect themselves from this disease.

As of 6 November 2022, there have been 10 probable, six confirmed cases of yellow fever and one death reported in the country.

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes.

Symptoms of yellow fever (fever, chills, headache, backache, and muscle aches) develop 3-6 days after infection. About 12% of people infected with the yellow fever virus develop severe disease that can lead to liver disease, bleeding, shock, organ failure, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), and sometimes death. Of those who become severely ill, 30-60% die.

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If you develop any of these symptoms, seek healthcare immediately.

There is no medication to treat or cure the infection. To prevent yellow fever disease, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

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