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  • DRC - Media: An unknown disease has killed 165 children in two months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - October 22, 2021

    Source: https://thetimeshub.in/an-unknown-di...e-congo/12255/


    An unknown disease has killed 165 children in two months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    ByNatasha Kumar
    Oct 22, 2021

    The head of the provincial health division pointed out that the victims also show signs of malaria.

    At least 165 children have died in the last two months in the Gungu region, in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), due to an unknown disease. This was reported this Thursday by the Congolese media News, which quotes regional authorities.

    Several reports indicate that the disease, which first appeared at the end of last August, particularly affects children under five years old. The head of the provincial health division pointed out that the victims also show signs of malaria...

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    DRC - Unknown disease killed 14 people in Kasongo-Lunda, province of Kwango

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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwilu_Province

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      DRC: in less than two months, nearly 90 children aged 0 to 5 died of an unknown disease in Gungu (Kwilu)

      Saturday October 9, 2021 - 11:42 AM

      Nearly 90 children aged 0 to 5 have died since the end of August as a result of a hitherto undetermined illness, authorities alert. According to the head of the provincial health division in Kwilu, Jean-Pierre Basake, the affected children show signs of fever causing anemia. He indicates that the health authorities were not seized of the matter in time.

      “In places, like in Lonzo Munene village, two to three children die. It already dates from the end of August. And when we add up, we are around 90 children. The team was not warned in time because the families were going to the private community more, the state structures were not informed. It is malaria with fevers that reduce blood hemoglobin, so that by lack of transfusion and good management to minimize fevers, there is anemia, ”said Jean. -Pierre Basake.

      He adds: “Also because of their habits and customs, we don't like transfusing. Now is the time for us to see how we can combine actions to have a possibility of installing the blood bank in large cities ”.

      In society, these numerous cases of child deaths call for an investigation to determine the nature of the disease.

      “Children die every day, especially in the rural commune of Mukedi and the surrounding villages. There is fever, loss of blood, there is also diarrhea which manifests itself especially in children from 0 to 5 years old who are targeted by this epidemic which still lacks a name. We ask that there be descent of a team of health experts who can come to the aid, to see if it is exactly what ”, pleaded journalist René Kinenga, director of programs at Radio Fraternité. by Mukedi.

      According to information collected from some residents, this is the third time that these repeated deaths have been observed for three years, still at the start of the rainy season.

      Jonathan Mesa in Bandundu


      https://actualite.cd/2021/10/09/rdc-...s-dune-maladie

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      DRC-Kwilu: a hitherto unidentified disease kills children aged 0 to 5 in Gungu, already 165 dead since August

      Thursday October 21, 2021 - 9:02 AM
      Health

      At least 165 deaths have already been recorded among children aged 0 to 5 since the end of last August following a fever causing anemia in the territory of Gungu (Kwilu).

      ACTUALITE.CD had already alerted a few days ago to the presence of an unknown disease that kills children of this age group.

      The head of the provincial health division told ACTUALITE.CD on Tuesday, October 19 that the victims also show signs of malaria.

      "They present with malaria, when you do the RDT it is positive, but apart from malaria, someone can also suffer from another disease that we do not know but it causes anemia," said Dr Jean. -Pierre Basake.

      First, Dr Jean-Pierre Basake invites parents to make good use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and to attend health facilities for free treatment.

      The head of the provincial division of health announces soon an investigation of the ministry of health to determine the disease and to reinforce the assumption of responsibility.

      And according to the bourgmestre of rural commune of Mukedi, Alain Nzamba, an average of 4 deaths is recorded per day in his jurisdiction, in the villages of Lozo Munene and Kinzamba.

      Jonathan Mesa, in Bandundu


      https://actualite.cd/2021/10/21/rdc-...-0-5-ans-gungu

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      Kwilu: 165 children aged zero to five died of anemia in Gungu territory

      23.10.2021,
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      Gungu territory, more than 70 kilometers from Kikwit, records deaths of children aged zero to five as a result of anemia. Already 165 children have died.

      Dr Jean-Pierre Basake, provincial medical inspector of Kwilu who delivers the information, says that this is happening in the Mukedi health zone and that a team of specialists will descend in a week to monitor the situation.

      "It started last September. We need large-scale actions. For example the effective use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets," he said.

      Dr Basake asks people to agree to donate blood when there is anemia.

      “People have malaria. When we do the rest of the RDT [rapid diagnostic test] positive cases are registered. There may be other conditions that we don't know about. We don't have the means to diagnose. other pathologies, "he says.

      The provincial medical inspector of Kwilu is appealing to partners to support this health zone of Mukedi.

      He complains that many people don't like sleeping under the long-acting insecticide-treated bed net.

      Badylon Kawanda Bakiman
      congo-press.com (MCP) / mediacongo.net

      https://www.mediacongo.net/article-a..._de_gungu.html
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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        Gungu / Death of children from an unknown disease: The toll rises to 4,881 cases including 286 deaths

        Through :
        news7
        November 8, 2021


        The situation of children from zero (0) to five (5) years old in the territory of Gungu, in the province of Kwilu is becoming increasingly worrying.


        Indeed, for nearly two (2) months, several deaths of children whose age varies between 0 and 5 years have been recorded in this part of the national territory. To date, a total of four thousand eight hundred and eighty-one (4,881) cases including two hundred and eighty six (286) deaths have been identified by experts from the Provincial Health Division (DPS) of Kwilu.

        According to the head of the provincial health division, Doctor Jean-Pierre Basake, these children show anemia, abdominal pain and vomiting. However, there is a decrease in the number of deaths.

        “(…) The cases are still there, the children have fever accompanied either by abdominal pain, vomiting, some lead to a picture of anemia. We are currently at 4,881 cases, 286 cumulative deaths.
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        He also indicated that a biologist is already on the ground to take samples in order to send to Kinshasa, the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) to detect the causes of said deaths.

        Patrick Matanga , in Bandundu

        https://actu7.cd/2021/11/08/gungu-de...ont-286-deces/
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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            DRC-Gungu: children aged 0 to 5 are dying en masse as a result of a disease unknown for two months, already 286 dead and 4,881 patients are treated

            Wednesday November 10, 2021 - 9:17 AM

            A hitherto unknown disease has killed en masse since the end of August, children aged 0 to 5 years in the territory of Gungu, in the province of Kwilu. To date, the provincial health division says it has identified 286 deceased children, 4,881 patients are registered and are taken care of.

            These children show anemia, abdominal pain and vomiting, told ACTUALITE.CD the head of the provincial health division, Jean-Pierre Basake, who is staying in Gungu to strengthen the response.

            “The cases are still there, the children have fever accompanied either by abdominal pain, vomiting, some lead to a picture of anemia. We are currently at 4,881 cases and 286 cumulative deaths. We provided support in terms of drugs, materials and techniques, ”said Jean Pierre Basake, head of the provincial health division.

            Kinshasa has still not commented on this disaster since it struck.

            “We nevertheless brought the support of the provincial government on the recommendations of the Provincial Assembly, 5,000 million FC (2,500 USD) came out of the provincial fund, drugs, the partners also made available antimalarials from 28 to 29 thousand dollars, ”added the head of the provincial health division.

            A sample will be taken for analysis at the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) in Kinshasa, said Basake.

            According to information received from local sources, these cases of death have been repeated for three years during the same period. These deaths are particularly recorded in the rural commune of Mukedi, in the villages of Lozo Munene and Kinzamba.

            Jonathan Mesa, in Bandundu

            https://actualite.cd/2021/11/10/rdc-...ladie-inconnue
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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              In DR Congo, a mysterious disease has killed more than 280 children

              While Congolese researchers and doctors have not yet identified this disease, hundreds of children have already lost their lives.

              Badr kidiss
              Written on 23/11/2021

              It has not yet been officially identified. For three months, a mysterious disease has raged in Gungu, in the province of Kwilu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it affects children under 5 years old. On October 9, the authorities announced the death of 90 babies as a result of this disease . Today, the official toll stands at 4,881 cases, including at least 286 deaths.

              This disease of unknown origin is manifested by fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and anemia. It appears on Congolese soil, while the country's nurses have been on strike since last July to demand a risk-taking bonus.

              One disease can hide another

              According to the first rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) carried out in the province of Kwilu, more than 200 km from Kinshasa, this pathology is malaria . A diagnosis confirmed by a press release from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which speaks of "aggravated form of malaria".

              But for the Congolese health authorities, the most worrying is the frequency of contamination. If it is really malaria, "the incidence is 100 times higher, compared to previous years over the same period" , judges Dr. Jean-Pierre Basake, head of the health division of Kwilu. Even if the latter is convinced that the deceased children were positive for malaria (also known as malaria), he wonders "if there is not another pathology which amplifies the situation".

              To identify this disease, which is becoming an epidemic in eastern DR Congo, samples were taken and sent to Kinshasa to the National Institute for Biomedical Research ( INRB ), said Dr Basake, while a a team from the Ministry of Health was dispatched to the site.

              https://www.allodocteurs.africa/en-r...ants-6886.html
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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                  Child deaths in Gungu: a total of 345 deaths and 10,418 patients registered since August, the response team fears a break in inputs following the influx of patients

                  Monday November 29th, 2021 - 8:56 AM


                  The number of deaths of children aged 0 to 5 has continued to increase since the end of last August in the territory of Gungu (Kwilu) following a disease which has not yet been clarified. To date, there are 343 dead and 10,418 sick children of this age group who are being cared for in Gungu. Patients present with fever which causes anemia, vomiting and symptoms of malaria.

                  A team of experts from the Ministry of Health dispatched from Kinshasa arrived in Gungu a few weeks ago. But the provincial minister of health of Kwilu, Bena Mutuyi warns that this team will soon experience a disruption of inputs following the growing number of patients.

                  “There are 10,418 cases and 343 deaths ... with the response that we have put in place, the sick come in large numbers, the treatment is free, a large quantity of drugs is consumed by the sick. But we have several difficulties and the problem is becoming more and more complex. With the influx of patients, the amount of drugs left in the two health zones can only cover two weeks. So after two weeks we will be in difficulty ”, the provincial minister of health of Kwilu told ACTUALITE.CD.

                  According to Mr. Mutuyi, the national malaria control program has investigated the disease that kills children in this region.

                  “The first group had taken the samples that we had sent to the INRB, but so far we have no results. We wait. But there is at least a second team from the national malaria control program that has come down to Gungu and Mukedi with some experts from the provincial health division for entomological surveys. The findings revealed that the mosquitoes captured during the survey are at least 100% made up of Anopheles. They found that a mosquito had at least 2 or 3 species of plasmodium ”, indicated the provincial minister of health of Kwilu.

                  According to information gathered from some local sources, this is the third time that children have died in Gungu, still between August and September.

                  Jonathan Mesa, in Bandundu

                  https://actualite.cd/2021/11/29/dece...s-aout-lequipe
                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                  -Nelson Mandela

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