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    Maniema: health workers banned from communicating about an unknown disease based on the death of more than 300 people in Bikenge

    By pm -25 January 20210162

    According to the vice president of civil society in Bikenge, a disease for which he described the symptoms as follows: headache, cough, high fever, vomiting, diarrhea and lack of blood (anemia in its terminal phase) is killing populations in Bikenge .

    Men, women, adults and children, it is without exception that the disease decimates human lives in this mining town of more than 60,000 inhabitants. The disease has already killed more than 300 people. According to the source, Mr. Take Achille whom we contacted, the victims change their skin colors a few minutes after the death ...

    The first victims of this disease were observed on the evening of the New Year's festivities on January 1, 2021, from January 1 to 25, two thousand and twenty-one, civil society counts nearly 310 victims.

    No official communication

    Abandoned, the civil society of Bikenge takes the same opportunity to address its fed up with the politico-health authorities, aid organizations and humanitarian workers to come to their aid before the disease can extend its epidemiological range. .

    "The politico-health authorities would have prohibited health personnel and even local civil society from not communicating anything more about the epidemiological evolution (it is death behind closed doors)" , indicated a hospital source in Tsieleka. A team of doctors without borders was deployed to assess the situation, the same source said.

    The city of Bikenge has a Reference Health Center whose capacity cannot exceed 50 beds. As misfortune never comes alone, this once well-equipped health center formerly by MSF Belgium has been cleverly looted and sacked by health personnel in cahoots with the Health Zone and some members of the former Management Committee.

    Bikenge is located 210 km east of Kindu in the Kunda health zone, Mulu sector, Kasongo territory in Maniema province. A strategic crossroads between the territories of Pangi, Kasongo (Maniema) and Shabunda (South Kivu). Its inhabitants are mainly linked to the activities of artisanal gold mining.

    George Kasongo in Kindu

    https://www.tsieleka.com/index.php/2...nes-a-bikenge/

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  • DRC - Maniema: several suspicious deaths recorded in Bikenge - Severe malaria?

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    Maniema: 62 suspicious deaths recorded in 8 days in Bikenge

    Published on Tue, 12/01/2021 - 09:33 | Modified on Tue, 12/01/2021 - 09:33

    Cases of suspicious deaths are recorded in the gold mining locality of Bikenge, in Kasongo territory in Maniema. From January 1 to 9, 62 people died, including fever, report the Mulu sector chief and the Kunda zone chief doctor. They call for urgent intervention by the authorities.

    For the chief area doctor, Dr Mauski Maurisho, this situation leads to relapsing fever, anemia and dehydration for patients.

    For his part, the provincial Minister of Health, Yvon Mwinyi Kishabongo, claims to be aware of the situation. He adds that he is in contact with the partners to save the situation.

    Children under 5 are the most affected, medical sources inform.

    https://www.radiookapi.net/2021/01/1...-jours-bikenge
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    Saturday January 16, 2021 - 10:10 AM

    Maniema: civil society in Bikenge issues a cry of alarm in the face of the rise in the death rate

    The population of Bikenge, a gold-bearing locality located 135 km from the city of Kasongo, in the province of Maniema, has been facing, for a few weeks, several cases of death which have caused several displaced persons.

    Faced with this situation, the local population of Bikenge, through the president of civil society, sounded the alarm and asked the government for assistance with drugs and other tools to fight against insalubrity, which made the increasingly worrying situation.

    “The situation continues to worsen here. For yesterday alone, we buried 7 people in the community, and the day before yesterday there were 8 cases. You realize that in just 2 days there are so many deaths. The situation is becoming more and more worrying. We need health assistance. In Bikenge here there is no sanitation, it is the dirtiest village, there are too many diseases. We ask the government to provide us with drinking water sources, since in Bikenge there is no drinking water; to equip health centers with medicines, nurses and qualified doctors for quality care, and public sanitation to try to eradicate this disease, which in our opinion is a disease of dirty hands, ”said , this Friday January 15, at ACTUALITE.CD,

    The village of Bikenge, in the health zone of Kunda (Maniema) has recorded several deaths since January 1, 2021.

    “Since December 1 until today, we have recorded according to the data that colleagues have reported to us from the field, 30 deaths including 7 at the level of the structure, 10 at the level of private structures and 13 deaths at the level of the community. Among these 30, we have 18 children under the age of 5, and 12 over the age of 5. In these deaths, it is malaria that is really predominant, but there are also other pathologies that are not well identified, especially for those who died in the community. The main symptoms are fever, very asthenic, and when they arrive, they are dehydrated at first sight, ”Jean Kitoko, director of the Bikenge reference health center, told ACTUALITE.CD on 11 January.

    The Kunda zone chief doctor arrived at the scene to assess his situation.

    Therese Ntumba

    https://actualite.cd/2021/01/16/mani...tee-du-taux-de

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    Maniema: unknown disease kills more than 200 in 18 days in Bikenge

    By pm -January 18, 2021 0806

    According to the vice president of civil society in Bikenge, a previously unknown disease whose symptoms are headache, cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and anemia has killed more than 200 people in 18 days.

    The disease attacks adults as well as children without exception in this mining town of more than 60,000 inhabitants. According to the source, the victims change their skin color a few minutes after death.

    Contacted by Tsieleka, the new Minister of Health relativizes by downplaying the facts while lives are severely affected by this unknown disease.

    The first victims of this disease were observed on the evening of the New Year's festivities. From the first to the eighteenth of January, civil society counted nearly 200 victims.

    The city of Bikenge has a Reference Health Center whose capacity cannot exceed 50 beds. Well equipped in the past by MSF Belgium, this center was cleverly looted by health personnel in cahoots with the Health Zone and some members of the former Management Committee.

    The civil society of Bikenge takes the same opportunity to address its fed up with the politico-health authorities and aid organizations to come to their aid before the disease can extend its epidemiological radius.

    Bikenge is located in the Kunda health zone, Mulu sector, Kasongo territory in Maniema province.

    Georges Kasongo in Kindu

    https://www.tsieleka.com/index.php/2...urs-a-bikenge/

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    Maniema / Increase in deaths in Bikenge: The head of the health division denies the figures of 200 deaths since the start of the year

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    In an interview with election-net.com on Tuesday, January 19, the Head of the provincial health division in Maniema provided clarifications on the situation of the Bikenge health area in the Kunda health zone, where corroborating information indicates that more than 200 deaths have already been recorded in this health area since the beginning of the current year.

    Doctor Estache Bibala does not confirm this information, which he qualifies as rumors spread on social networks.

    “I do not know how to confirm this information (…). Is it that like you, I followed, I read messages, reason why we consider all this information as rumors, which rumors needing verification, we asked the authorities of the health zone to us make the report, and we supported the experts of the health zone by a team of epidemiologists and biologists who are today in Bikenge within the framework of an investigation so that everyone is enlightened ”, made know Doctor Estache Bibala.

    However, he indicates that the first information provided to him by the team dispatched to the site shows the increase in cases of severe malaria which mainly affect children under 5 years old.

    “The team that came down, after interviewing and visiting the various health facilities after consulting the registers, interviewing the health professionals, was able to observe that during the period from December 1 to the period from January 15, that the health center Bikenge's reference received around 208 cases among which there were 121 cases who consulted the health center due to malaria ”, he added, before continuing:

    “And for the forms of malaria, it was found that in the referral health center, 99 cases which are practically all children under 5 who have consulted the structure, were in the table of severe malaria”.

    The patients present according to him: “a fever, asthenia, fatigability, with a sign of gravity which can be either dehydration, anemia, vomiting”.

    On the other hand, he underlines that the reference health center of Bikenge recorded only 12 deaths during the aforementioned period, including 9 due to severe malaria, and only children under 5 years old.

    “The information system has not notified 200 deaths”, he insisted, while showing himself reserved, and calling on all to wait for the full investigation report.

    In addition, he stresses that the investigations will continue beyond the official structures, that is to say the private health facilities, and in the neighboring health areas to find out if there have been any deaths in the community. .

    According to him, measures have been taken to respond to this situation. He reassures that the provincial government, with the support of its partners, has dispatched a batch of drugs.

    He finally calls on the population to appease, because the situation is on the verge of being brought under control.

    Kilikumbi Lusumbasumba Isaac from Kindu

    https://www.election-net.com/maniema...but-de-lannee/
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