KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda has deported 46 Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) fishermen who were arrested over suspected links
with a militia group that captured six Ugandans last month, said
a military spokesman on Friday.
Karemire told Xinhua that the Congolese fishermen have been
handed to the DRC authorities at the common border town of
Kasese late on Thursday.
The deportation came
merely hours following a court decision in Kasese to release the
fishermen and give back their fishing boats and engines, after
each of them paid an 83-U.S.-dollar fine.
The fishermen were
arrested on May 19 on Lake Edward, shared by Uganda and DRC. The
authorities accused them of having links with the Mai Mai
militia, a rebel group based in eastern DRC.
“This is a good will
gesture by Uganda that should be reciprocated to by releasing
the six Ugandan fishermen held in the DRC,” said Karemire
should exert influence or pressure that should lead to their
freedom,” he added.
security agencies have stepped up water patrols on the Ugandan
side of the shared lake to stop further abductions.
Fishery and security
officials of both countries have previously agreed to conduct
joint operations to prevent clashes.
WHO issues advice for
international travellers about
Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola outbreak
GENEVA (Xinhua) --
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued
travel advice for international travelers in relation to the
current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),
following the latest disease development as of Wednesday.
Generally, risk of
contracting Ebola disease to travelers to the DRC is low, the
WHO said, as people are only infectious after they have
developed symptoms, including fever, weakness, muscle pain,
headache and sore throat.
The UN health agency
advises that travelers to the DRC consult a travel medicine
clinic or medical practitioner at least four to eight weeks
before the journey. The consultation should include information
about the most important health risks, determine the need for
any vaccinations and antimalarial medication, and identify any
other medical items that the traveler may require.
To minimize the risk
of infection, travelers in the affected areas should practice
regular hygiene, especially hand hygiene with soap and water,
and if not available, with an alcohol-based hand rub solution
(hand sanitizer). They also need to practice hand hygiene
especially before touching eyes, nose or mouth, and after using
the toilet or touching objects at high risk of being
contaminated. Safe sex is required too.
consistent with Ebola disease develop, travelers should seek
immediate medical attention. According to the WHO, first
symptoms are the sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain,
headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea,
rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in
some cases, both internal and external bleeding.
The latest WHO
statistics show that from April 4 through May 27, 2018, a
cumulative total of 54 Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases including
25 deaths have been reported from three health zones in Equateur
Province of the DRC. The total includes 35 confirmed, 13
probable and six suspected cases. Since the launch of the
vaccination intervention on May 21, a total of 462 people have
Despite the current
situation, the WHO has decided that the conditions for a Public
Health Emergency of International Concern have not currently
been met in the DRC. It continues to advise against the
application of any travel or trade restrictions.
The WHO has assessed
the public health risk to be very high in the DRC, and high at
the regional level. At the global level the risk currently
More awareness urged to stem
Ebola spread in Democratic Republic of Congo
KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua)
-- More awareness is being urged among
the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid
the rising number of suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola in
the northwestern part of the country.
The number of cases
of the hemorrhagic fever in the DRC reached 54 last Thursday,
including 35 confirmed cases.
“We have lost many
of our family members so far in Bikoro and other villages,” a
resident of Mbandaka, Michel Bokungu, told Xinhua.
Many of the victims
died before the arrival of doctors, Bokungu said.
Efforts to contain
the spread of the deadly virus have been hampered by poor road
conditions and the lack of other logistical means.
of some members of the community with the medical professionals
also helped propagate the virus, observers said.
three patients were whisked from an isolation site to return to
their families. Two were found dead later.
“We need to tell
more to people to understand how the Ebola virus is contagious,”
Minister of Health Oly Ilunga said.
Many experts and
health observers say the local and international response has
been swift to the outbreak in northwestern DRC.
The World Health
Organization (WHO) has shipped over 4,000 doses of vaccine to
stop the spread of the virus, in collaboration with
international partners, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF),
which has set up treatment facilities.
Serge Moka, a doctor
at a hospital in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, has expressed
concern over the reported presence of the Ebola virus in the
town of Mbandaka, fearing it could trigger a new, perhaps
uncontrollable, phase of the epidemic.
“We need more
programs and case studies of people who have died from the
epidemic so that people can understand the seriousness of the
epidemic that is already in a city like Mbandaka,” said Mark
Bolakofo, a Mbandaka resident, from Bikoro village, 130 km south
On the ground in the
affected areas, in Equateur province, mistrust and
misinformation are the biggest risks for the spread of the
epidemic, observers say.
They cite such
factors as the way care is given to the sick; religion;
superstition; and funerary rites that help spread the virus.
People are hoping
for the upcoming vaccination drive would help ease the spread of
the Ebola virus.
expected to start in Bikoro on Monday, targeting people who have
been in contact with confirmed Ebola cases and contacts of these
For now, medical
teams are continuing their field work, reminding the public that
vaccination is effective only if other hygiene measures,
monitoring, and follow-up procedures are well taken.
Namibia translocates 205 wild
animals to Democratic Republic of Congo
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibia translocated 205 wild animals to the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for tourism and nature
education purposes, according to an official.
The animals will be
released into strictly non-hunting reserves in the DRC and the
children from Kinshasa will be able to see non-indigenous
animals for the first time, said Immanuel Hanabeb, Acting
Commercial Executive at Namibia Ports Authority on Thursday.
Hanabeb said the
decision of translocation was made following experts
consultations in the industry.
The animals comprise
of nyala, eland, impala, hartebeest, oryx and waterbuck, which
were captured on various game farms in Namibia while the
blesbuck was imported from South Africa.
was done by Wildlife Vets Namibia, a company with years of
wildlife veterinary experience in game capture and
translocations in the country.