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DR Congo launches mass vaccination against cholera

Bukavu Health workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a bid to vaccinate more than a million people against cholera in five days after their region was hit by heavy floods.
Immunisation teams have started fanning out in the territories of Fizi, Idjwi, Minova, Nundu and Uvira, near Lake Kivu and Lake Tanganyika, where cholera is endemic, Eugene Kabambi, of the DRC branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), said Thursday.
“We are using a door-to-door strategy to prevent potential clustering of people at fixed (vaccination) sites,” he said, referring to the risk of coronavirus infection.
Nationwide, the country has so far recorded 9,010 cases of coronavirus, of which 215 have been fatal (AFP)

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