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    Kinshasa: Viral conjunctivitis, an epidemic hitting the capital

    by Editorial staff
    lemediasc@gmail.com

    January 1, 2024

    For several days, an epidemic of conjunctivitis has been observed in Kinshasa among the population of the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    According to doctor Reddy Bayiwila, it is undoubtedly an epidemic of viral conjunctivitis (in the same way that there are influenza epidemics). caused by a virus called adenovirus

    For this healthcare professional, stopping the spread of this virus involves washing hands or using a disinfectant, and above all not touching the eyes.

    However, the doctor reassures that this is not inevitable and that there is a possibility of self-healing.

    “Being a viral conjunctivitis, even in the absence of treatment, you are cured in 1 week. For a viral illness, you don't need an antibiotic.
    Regular eye washing with either physiological water or previously boiled tap water is sufficient. » reassures Bayiwila

    It at least gets attention if things get worse. “You need to see an ophthalmologist because yes, conjunctivitis can become complicated. »

    In general, allergic conjunctivitis begins in spring and is often associated with allergic rhinitis.

    It should be noted that it occurs, in an allergic person, after contact with an allergen and it regularly recurs as soon as the person is exposed to this allergen again. So you should avoid rubbing your eyes because it will only make the inflammation worse . In addition, you risk contaminating those around you through your hands carrying the virus or bacteria. Wash your hands before and after touching your eyes

    Little Ben Bukasa

    Il se constate depuis quelques jours à Kinshasa, une épidémie de conjonctivite sur la population de la capitale de la République démocratique du Congo. Selon le médecin Reddy Bayiwila, c’est sans doute une épidémie de conjonctivite virale ( de la même manière qu’il existe des […]


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    DRC: how to explain the outbreak of conjunctivitis in Kinshasa?

    January 10, 2024

    Yvonne Nzungu, Congolese general practitioner, explains the causes of the outbreak of conjunctivitis, a pathology that targets the eyes, in Kinshasa, the Congolese capital.

    “This disease, which spreads very quickly, is causing concern in Kinshasa. In recent times, doctors are facing many cases of irritated eyes that are red, watery and sometimes painful. With red eyes hidden by dark glasses, handkerchiefs in hand, we see people of all ages who say they have conjunctivitis, commonly called Apollo by ordinary people,” Ms. Nzungu confides to Sahutiafrica.

    According to her, no study has, until now, been done to justify this outbreak of conjunctivitis. But Yvonne Nzungu still reminds us that this is a periodic epidemic. She says “it is difficult to scientifically justify this outbreak”.

    “Conjunctivitis is inflammation or irritation of the conjunctiva of the eye. There are two types of conjunctivitis: palpebral conjunctiva and bulbar conjunctiva. But here, much more, we are talking about bulbar conjunctivitis, because the latter is the part that covers the white of the eye,” explains Dr Yvonne Nzungu.

    According to this doctor, it is an infection that is transmitted through contact with infected secretions or contaminated objects. “When in contact with infected secretions, that is to say, by hand for example, we rub our eyes without washing our hands and then we shake our hands. As for contaminated objects, we see towels, washcloths…” she continues.

    She gives precautions to avoid getting contaminated. This includes washing your hands before rubbing your eyes, but also avoiding running your finger or hand over your face and rubbing your eyelids at any time.

    Voldi Nkengi

    Yvonne Nzungu, médecin généraliste congolais, explique les causes de la flambée de la conjonctivite, une pathologie qui cible les yeux, à Kinshasa, capitale congolaise.   « Cette maladie, dont la contagion est très rapide, suscite des inquiétudes à Kinshasa. Ces derniers temps, des médecins sont confrontés à de nombreux cas d’irritation des yeux qui sont rouges, […]
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      South Kivu: the DPS warns of the epidemic of superinfected viral conjunctivity “Apolo” in Bukavu

      Wednesday February 14, 2024 - 06:59

      The epidemic of superinfected viral conjunctivity commonly called “Apolo” is raging in the province of South Kivu, precisely in the city of Bukavu and its surroundings.

      It is the Provincial Health Division (DPS) of South Kivu which alerts about the situation in a press release made public this Tuesday, February 13, 2024 and a copy of which reached 7SUR7.CD.

      This public institution in charge of health specifies that the ocular signs include “swelling of the eyelids, pain, redness, tearing, sensation of grains of sand, difficulty in fixing the light and mucopurulent conjunctival secretions”.

      The South Kivu Provincial Health Division invites the entire population to take hygiene precautions to protect themselves against this epidemic. In particular, it recommends washing hands in schools, homes and workplaces while asking the population to avoid shaking their hands and rubbing their eyes.

      Doctor Deo Ngoma, who signed this press release, invites anyone who presents these signs to consult an ophthalmologist for treatment.

      Déogratias Cubaka, in Bukavu

      L'épidémie de la conjoctivité virale surinfectée communément appelée « Apolo » sévit dans la province du Sud-Kivu, précisément dans la ville de Bukavu et ses environs. C'est la Division provinciale de la santé (DPS) du Sud-Kivu qui alerte sur la situation dans un communiqué rendu public ce mardi 13 février 2024 et dont une copie est parvenue à 7SUR7.CD.


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        Outbreak of conjunctivitis cases in Bukavu

        Thursday February 15, 2024 - 07:00

        At least 288 cases of viral conjunctivitis outbreak were recorded during the month of January alone in the city of Bukavu, South Kivu province, the CELPA eye hospital announced.

        According to the medical director of the establishment, Dr Kabesha Théophile, among these cases, 90 concern children aged 0 to 15 years.

        "During this month of January and until today, we have already recorded 288 cases, including 190 adults and 98 children. The situation is already complicated here. Around 200 cases come from the city itself, while others others come from the surrounding area. This is a disease that requires an urgent response,” said Dr Kabesha Théophile.

        The province of South Kivu is currently facing an epidemic of viral conjunctivitis, commonly known as "Apollo". In a press release, the coordinating doctor of the province's eye health and vision program, Dr. Deo Ngoma Basedeke, alerted to the presence of this epidemic and called on the population to respect precautionary measures to fight against its spread. .

        Furthermore, several cases of conjunctivitis have also been recorded in Kinshasa. It is an inflammation characterized by eye redness, eye pain, eye discharge and reflex tearing.

        Contacted by ACTUALITE.CD, Dr Jérôme Mayole, ophthalmologist at the Force publique polyclinic of Lemba, stressed the need to take precautions and called on patients to avoid self-medication.

        "The disease is very contagious. Direct contact should be avoided, such as shaking hands, and any contact with objects soiled by the patient's eye secretions. Adopt hand hygiene measures, avoid exchanging spectacle frames and isolate yourself if you have symptoms. Seek medical attention at the first sign,” said Dr. Mayole.

        Justin Mwamba

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          DRC-Uvira: Mulunge central prison affected by an epidemic of viral conjunctivitis

          by LE JOURNAL.AFRICA February 20, 2024

          Sixty-five inmates are currently affected by the viral conjunctivitis epidemic at the Mulunge central prison in Uvira, in the south of the South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These figures were made public this Monday, February 19 during the treatment of these patients by the team of the Mother-Child medical center, specializing in eye health, within this prison.

          Ten percent of inmates at Mulunge Central Prison in Uvira are affected by the outbreak of viral conjunctivitis, commonly known as APOLLO. This epidemic began on February 17, and in the space of three days, it affected 65 prisoners out of a total of 607, according to the prison director.

          Faced with the presence of this epidemic and in consideration of the promiscuity in the prison, the medical team from the mother-child center intervenes to provide medical assistance to the victims. Ophthalmologist Murhula Matthias David explains that viral conjunctivitis is a highly contagious infection, usually caused by adenoviruses.

          “In order to prevent possible complications among these detainees in the event of non-treatment, we intervened to treat these patients. We provided 150 bottles of Gentamycin eye drops, two boxes of Tetra ointment, 150 bottles of Dexamethasone and 10 boxes of disinfectants.”

          According to Murhula Mathias, Senior Technician in Potamology at the mother-child center, most conjunctivitis is linked to benign germs or viruses and tends to improve on its own in 3 to 4 days. However, complications occur in the absence of medical treatment, especially when symptoms worsen, including contagion of conjunctivitis, damage to the cornea, and keratitis, a severe complication of conjunctivitis.

          Conjuntivitis Prevention Strategies in Uvira and South Kivu

          In order to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis, it is essential to implement preventive measures nationally, with particular emphasis on South Kivu province and Uvira. TSO Murhula Mathias recommends the use of a hand sanitizer or appropriate washing after any contact with the eyes or nasal secretions (apply to all hands, rub for at least 20 seconds, rinse well and dry with a paper towel).

          It also highlights the importance of disinfecting equipment after each patient exam, refraining from touching the uninfected eye after touching the infected eye, not sharing towels or pillows, avoiding swimming in swimming pools, and to consult a health professional as soon as signs of conjunctivitis appear. This specialist advocates awareness campaigns within the community regarding these preventive measures.

          Following the administration of treatment and the distribution of medical kits to inmates, the prison director appeals to the government and organizations engaged in this field for their assistance, with the aim of eradicating this epidemic within the prison. penitentiary establishment. As a reminder, a press release dated February 12 from the provincial coordination of the eye health and vision program reported numerous ocular symptoms linked to this disease, including swelling of the eyelids, tearing, the sensation of grain of sand, difficulty staring at light, pain, redness and mucopurulent conjunctival discharge.

          Josephine Mungubi

          Soixante-cinq détenus sont actuellement affectés par l’épidémie de conjonctivite virale à la prison centrale Mulunge d’Uvira, dans le Sud de la province du Sud-Kivu en République Démocr…
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            “Apollo”, an epidemic of viral conjunctivitis declared in North Kivu

            02/27/2024

            The Provincial Health Division in North Kivu (DPS) has declared since Monday February 26, 2024, a new epidemic mainly in the city of Goma, capital of North Kivu.

            According to the press release signed jointly by Doctor Stéphane Bateyi, interim head of the North Kivu DPS and Doctor Jason Pithuwa, coordinator of the national eye health and vision program in North Kivu, this is the epidemic of viral conjunctivitis, commonly called "Apollo".

            This epidemic has been observed for several weeks in the province. To this end, the Provincial Health Division advises the population to take preventive measures and hygiene precautions such as washing their hands frequently or disinfecting them with hydroalcoholic gel, avoiding shaking hands and rub your eyes, avoid exchanging cloths as hand towels.

            Furthermore, in the event of the appearance of symptoms including eye pain, the sensation of grains of sand, redness, swelling of the eyelids, the DPS advises the population to immediately consult a specialized eye care service and to avoid self-medication or traditional herbal products.

            The North Kivu Provincial Health Division has sounded the alarm about the poor management of viral conjunctivitis which can lead to loss of vision. Hence, the necessity and obligation of using appropriate services.

            Delphin Mupanda/MCP, North Kivu
            congo-press.com (MCP) / mediacongo.net


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            • #7
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              Viral conjunctivitis (Apollo): South Kivu exceeds the bar of 2,000 cases (DPS)

              Wednesday March 6, 2024 - 1:47 p.m.

              More than 2,000 cases of the "Apollo" superinfected viral conjunctivitis epidemic have already been recorded in the province of South Kivu, since the beginning of February 2024. The announcement was made by the Provincial Health Division (DPS), on Monday March 05, 2024.

              According to Doctor Claude Bahizire, communications officer at the Provincial Health Division, several health zones in South Kivu are already affected by this epidemic. He specifies that the city of Bukavu is the most affected in terms of recorded cases.

              To limit contamination, the latter affirms that the Provincial Health Division is increasing awareness on hygiene measures.

              "Cases of contamination are numerous in the province of South Kivu. The DPS continues with awareness raising, in particular by distributing leaflets on hygiene and preventive measures in churches and schools. This is done with the aim of limiting large-scale contamination,” he said in an address to the press.

              Doctor Claude Bahizire invites the population of South Kivu to respect hygiene measures to protect themselves against this epidemic.

              It should be remembered that the Provincial Health Division has been alerting about this epidemic since February 13. Its ocular signs include swelling of the eyelids, pain, redness, tearing, the sensation of grains of sand, difficulty focusing on light and mucopurulent conjunctival secretions.

              Déogratias Cubaka, in Bukavu

              Plus de 2.000 cas de l'épidémie de conjonctivite virale surinfectée "Apollo" sont déjà enregistrés dans la province du Sud-Kivu, depuis début février 2024. L'annonce a été faite par la Division provinciale de la santé (DPS), le lundi 05 mars 2024. Selon le docteur Claude Bahizire, chargé de communication à la Division provinciale de la santé, plusieurs zones de santé du Sud-Kivu sont déjà touchées par cette épidémie. Il précise que la ville de Bukavu est la plus touchée au regard de cas enregistrés.
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              • #8
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                Conjunctivitis disease reported in Maniema province

                Published on Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:12 | Modified the game, 04/04/2024 - 15:12

                The ophthalmologist Charles Omesumbu Shako practicing in the town of Kindu (Maniema) affirmed, Wednesday April 3, that conjunctivitis disease is already spreading in this town. He urges people suffering from this eye condition to go to the nearest health facilities and not to apply anything in the eyes.

                According to Dr. Charles Omesumbu Shako, conjunctivitis disease is first manifested by the change in the color of the eyes.

                “They become red and watery. For viral conjunctivitis, it is more tears, the discharge is watery. And for bacterial conjunctivitis when there is superinfection, we have micro-purulent secretions that occur. At times the eyelids swell and then patients will feel the presence of one of the foreign bodies in the eyes when in reality there is none,” he declared.

                Regarding the prevention of this disease, he advises taking barrier gestures such as during the COVID-19 epidemic.

                “We must wash our hands regularly with soap, we must avoid touching our eyes, we must avoid rubbing our eyes because it aggravates the lesions. During this period, we avoid greeting each other by the hand. And when the person is affected, we bring them to the clinic,” added Dr Charles Omesumbu Shako.

                Le médecin ophtalmologue Charles Omesumbu Shako exerçant dans la ville de Kindu (Maniema) a affirmé, mercredi 3 avril, que la maladie à conjonctivite se repend déjà dans cette ville. Il exhorte les personnes atteintes de cette affection des yeux à se rendre aux structures sanitaires le plus proche et à ne pas appliquer n’importe quoi dans les yeux. Selon Dr Charles Omesumbu Shako la maladie à conjonctivite se manifeste premièrement par le changement de la couleur des yeux. « Ils deviennent rouges, et larmoyants. Pour la conjonctivite virale, ce sont plus des larmes, l'écoulement est aqueux.
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                • #9
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                  Conjunctivitis in Kasai-Oriental: Dr Sumba recommends hand washing to cut the chain of transmission

                  Published on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 17:35 | Modified the game, 02/05/2024 - 17:35
                  ...
                  In Mbuji-Mayi, capital of Kasai-Oriental, many people suffer from conjunctivitis but no health structure has been able to determine the number of people already suffering from this pathology.
                  ...

                  Médecin épidémiologiste, Dr Jean-Pierre Sumba a recommandé, mercredi 1er avril, le lavage régulier des mains pour couper la chaine de transmission de la conjonctivite au Kasaï-Oriental. A Radio Okapi, il a invité la population de ce coin du pays d’essuyer l’écoulement de l’œil, en partant de l’intérieur vers l’extérieur, en utilisant une partie propre d’un mouchoir. Dr Jean-Pierre Sumba a également conseillé à la population du Kasaï-Oriental de s’abstenir de se saluer à la main, et surtout de ne pas partager les mêmes serviettes.
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                    Kasaï Oriental: conjunctivitis epidemic declared (Minister of Health)

                    May 3, 2024

                    Mbujimayi, May 3, 2024 (ACP) .- The epidemic of imported purulent conjunctivitis is raging in Kasaï Oriental, a province in the center of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the provincial ministry in charge of health which declared it after demonstrations of the latter in many households in the area, the ACP learned from official sources.

                    “(…) We are already going through a period of epidemic of imported purulent conjunctivitis. It is important because it is an epidemic which emerged in Kinshasa and was even confirmed at the national level. But as there is the entry-exit flow between Kinshasa and Mbujimayi, we think that it is Kinshasa which contaminated the province of Kasai Oriental ,” declared Mr. Auguy Kayemba, provincial minister in charge of Health in Kasai. Oriental.

                    He therefore calls on the population to observe personal and clothing hygiene measures, to stop the chain of transmission of this epidemic. Washing your hands regularly and avoiding shaking hands are precautions that must be absolutely observed, he recommended.

                    “I call on the population to take action regarding this. Purulent conjunctivitis remains a contagious disease, which is transmitted from one individual to another after direct contact. This is done by shaking hands, because at any time you can use your own fingers to rub your eye, as long as you shake hands with someone already infected and carrying this disease .

                    To prevent this contagion, the population must observe personal hygiene measures and clothing hygiene.

                    Wash your hands regularly, avoid greeting each other by the hand, perhaps give each other fists or elbows if we want to greet each other, I believe that we will cut this chain of transmission,” insisted the provincial minister of Health. To cut the chain of transmission, Auguy Kayemba calls for the involvement of the entire population in strict compliance with the rules laid down, to avoid consequences which are sometimes unfortunate on vision. ACP/Kayu

                    Mbujimayi, 03 mai 2024 (ACP).-  L'épidémie de la conjonctivite purulente importée sévit au Kasaï Oriental, province au centre de la République démocratique du Congo, selon le ministère provincial en charge de la santé qui l'a déclaré après des manifestations de cette dernière dans beaucoup de ménages de la place, a…
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                    • #11
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                      Beni: More than 60 cases of viral conjunctivitis recorded in the Oïcha health zone in 3 months

                      22 hours ago RMBB Editorial

                      More than 60 cases of viral conjunctivitis have been recorded in the Oïcha health zone, in Beni territory, since February 2024. Supervisor Kule Kyusa, responsible for preventive care and epidemiological surveillance of this health entity, communicated these statistics to RADIOMOTO.NET, this Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Our source recommends that this disease, which affects the eyes, be treated in a health structure rather than at home.

                      To date, at least 64 cases of this disease have been reported in the commune of Oïcha. According to Kule Kyusa, the disease has been raging in the region since last February. “It’s been practically since February 26, 2024. We had 4 cases, in March 1 case. It was in April that we found several cases,” he says.

                      The person in charge of preventive care and epidemiological surveillance in the Oicha health zone specifies that the symptoms of this epidemic include eye pain, a feeling of grains of sand in the eyes, redness of the eyes and swelling of the eyelids. He distinguishes two types of conjunctivitis, notably viral and bacterial.

                      “Here we are talking about viral conjunctivitis caused by viruses. There are two kinds. There are also bacterial caused by bacteria. But all have redness and itching around the eye,” he explains before adding “You have to wash the eye frequently. It’s with physiological serum or with antiseptics.”

                      To prevent the spread of the disease, the health worker at the Oïcha health zone also encourages frequent hand washing. He also invites residents of the health zone to refer to health facilities in order to follow appropriate treatment.

                      Samy Kita

                      Plus de 60 cas de conjonctivite virale ont été enregistrés dans la zone de santé d’Oïcha, en territoire de Beni, depuis le mois de février 2024. Le superviseur Kule Kyusa, chargé des soins préventi…

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                      Haut-Uele: around 300 households affected by conjunctivitis in Isiro

                      Tuesday May 7, 2024 - 3:54 p.m.

                      The first cases date back to the last week of April 2024. Two weeks later, nearly 300 households were affected by conjunctivitis in the provincial capital of Haut-Uele, in the northeastern part of the DRC.

                      This highly contagious disease affects a good number of students in several schools in the city and outlying villages. Other students did not go to school this Monday to avoid the spread of the disease in the school environment.

                      Doctor Blaise Gbadi, chief medical officer of the Isiro interim health zone, calls for compliance with hygiene rules to limit the spread of conjunctivitis in the area.

                      "What we are going to ask the community for now is to take preventive measures against conjunctivitis because it is a viral disease; it is transmitted from one person to another. What we are going to do is most ask people is to maintain hand hygiene, wash your hands at all times, even use hydroalcoholic solutions. For cases that are already pending, those affected can use tetracycline, try to. be in quarantine, stay at home and only go out if it is very necessary, protect your eyes with glasses, and also protect others who are not yet contaminated to prevent this disease. Individuals must avoid wearing anything. what in the eyes, avoid self-medication at the risk of exposing the eyes to serious complications that could destroy them,” advises this doctor.

                      Conjunctivitis causes inflammation of the conjunctiva, one of the component membranes of the eye. It can be caused by allergies, or by an infection of bacterial or viral origin. It is contagious, and is transmitted by contact with secretions from the eye of an infected person.

                      Joël Lembakasi, in Isiro

                      Les premiers cas remontent à la dernière semaine du mois d'avril 2024. Deux semaines après, près de 300 ménages sont touchés par la conjonctivite dans la capitale provinciale du Haut-Uele, dans la partie nord-est de la RDC. 
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                        Viral conjunctivitis epidemic: more than 250 cases recorded at Kakwangura prison in Butembo

                        Published on Wed, 05/15/2024 - 1:05 p.m. | Modified on Wed, 05/15/2024 - 1:05 p.m.

                        The Network for Human Rights (REDHO) launched an alert on Tuesday, May 14, about the rapid spread of viral conjunctivitis at Kakwangura prison in Butembo. In just one week, at least 250 cases have been recorded, indicates this civil society organization. REDHO calls on local political, administrative and health authorities to act to stem the spread of this disease throughout the city of Butembo.

                        During a weekly press conference held on Monday, May 13, the Butembo Provincial Health Division reported that 134 cases had been reported the previous week in Kakwangura prison. Prison medical sources announced on Tuesday, May 14, that around 100 additional cases were recorded in just 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 250 inmates suffering from viral conjunctivitis, also known locally as "Appollo"

                        REDHO highlights the difficulties of isolating prisoners with conjunctivitis due to prison overcrowding. He also expresses fears about the potential contamination of the entire town of Butembo due to the speed with which the epidemic is spreading in the prison. REDHO urges the intervention of the competent authorities.

                        Furthermore, administrative sources at the prison report that it currently accommodates more than 1,200 residents, more than three times its capacity. The head of the Butembo health zone says he is aware of the situation and affirms that response measures are already underway to eradicate this disease.

                        Le Réseau pour les droits de l'homme (REDHO) a lancé, mardi 14 mai, une alerte au sujet de la rapide propagation de la conjonctivite virale à la prison de Kakwangura à Butembo. En seulement une semaine, au moins 250 cas ont été recensés, indique cette organisation de la société civile. Le REDHO appelle les autorités politico-administratives et sanitaires locales à agir afin d'endiguer la propagation de cette maladie à travers toute la ville de Butembo.
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