The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the world’s largest measles outbreak that killed more than 7,000 children has now ended.
Efforts to stop its spread were hampered by an under-resourced health system as well as conflict.
Health experts say the actual number of deaths from measles could be far higher as many cases go unreported.
At a press conference in the capital, Kinshasa, Health Minister, Eteni Longondo, said measles no longer existed in the country.
He said a formal declaration about the end of the epidemic “will be made soon”.
Whilst international health partners are yet to confirm this, the announcement comes after a huge vaccination campaign that reached at least 18 million children last year.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been experiencing recurring outbreaks for the last decade but the infections increased significantly in June last year and quickly overwhelmed the country’s under resourced health system.
Health workers have over the last year simultaneously battled measles, vaccine-derived polio, cholera, coronavirus, two Ebola epidemics and the bubonic plague.
The daunting task made even harder by the country’s poor infrastructure and numerous conflicts.
- 16 feared dead, over 40 injured in Gomoa Okyereko accident on Accra-Cape Coast highway
- Otumfuo destools chief of Asante’s famous Antoa town
- Supreme Court ‘cautions and discharges’ NDC’s Kpessa Whyte after convicting him for contempt
- Pressure mounts on cedi; loses 9% in value to dollar last week
- Tinubu removes controversial Fuel subsidy in Nigeria
- Nigeria: Hilton Hotel owner, two workers sentenced to death for murder of student
- Bawumia picks NPP flagbearer nomination form
- We’re sorry for obnoxious statements about Christianity in history textbook – Ghana Authors & Publishers
- Parliament writes to EC, declares Assin North seat vacant
- AFCON 2023Q: Nuamah included, Sowah dropped as Hughton names Ghana squad to face Madagascar
- CHASS expresses concern about abuse of PTA funds
- Indigenous knowledge vital in preserving biodiversity – Educationist
- 4,000 Amansie West residents now on NHIS
- ‘I’m working hard to get back’ – Tariq Lamptey on latest Black Stars absence
- JoyNews premieres ‘Ghana Potholes Exhibition’
- Keta Port will be your legacy if constructed – KIPC CEO to Akufo-Addo
- Resign and concentrate on your health; Ahanta West needs development – NDC tells Kojo Kum
- Tariq Lamptey Foundation donates football kits and equipment to two schools in Asamankese
- OccupyGhana shocked at government’s new position on Public Officers Act after ignoring its calls
- Beyoncé celebrates Blue Ivy after she takes stage at Renaissance world tour
- ‘Remain calm, for, you are kind and peace-loving’ – Indonesian Consul to Voltarians
- National Cathedral: Only $22.07m out of $58.14m has gone into actual construction – Ablakwa
- Agorkedzi: Another tidal waves destruction leaves one dead, many homeless
- Immediately transfer shares held by JOHL to GNPC – Minority to government
- 2023 U23 AFCON: Kamaldeen Sulemana to be called up to Black Meteors squad for tournament