Samaritan's Purse to open Treatment Centre in response to Ebola Outbreak which has already taken the lives of over 300 people with at least 200 more are fighting for their lives
On 1st August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), declared an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 300 deaths were reported by the end of December, making this the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. Your support will help us meet the physical and spiritual needs through prevention, control and treatment of Ebola Virus Disease in East and Central Africa.
Samaritan’s Purse will soon open a treatment centre in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in response to an Ebola virus disease outbreak that has killed more than 300 people.
Our 20-bed treatment centre will allow our teams to provide supportive care for patients with the deadly virus, which on average has a fatality rate of 50-60 percent. Although there is no cure for Ebola, proper care can significantly decrease the mortality rate.
The centre, which is part of our Emergency Field Hospital, was transported to Africa in November aboard our DC-8 cargo plane. It can be expanded to 60 beds, if needed.
A 21-member disaster assistance response team left for the DRC on 26th December and additional staff have since arrived in country. This deployment supports our local partners and staff in the DRC, as Samaritan’s Purse has operated a country office there for eight years. Our teams are well prepared, having received Ebola response training at our facilities in North Carolina. Representatives from our 2014 Ebola response in Liberia were also involved in the training.
The 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa was the largest on record. More than 11,300 people died as Ebola spread throughout Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Our work in Liberia—where Samaritan’s Purse has had a country office for 14 years—included providing clinical care, as well as campaigns focused on awareness and prevention.
Megan Vitek, programme manager for our international health unit, explained that Samaritan’s Purse had been working in the northeast region of the DRC months prior to the first Ebola cases. Samaritan’s Purse started community awareness campaigns, and we are continuing those efforts. Our teams are helping to educate people on Ebola symptoms and how to prevent the infection from spreading.
“The Lord put us there months before for a reason – to be able to love and care for this community in the midst of a deadly epidemic,” Megan said. “Please pray for our team as they work tirelessly to set-up this treatment center and fight this disease with every patient they touch.”
We have also constructed five isolation centres and provided infection protection and control training for 15 local health centers.
Please pray for people suffering in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Pray for Samaritan’s Purse staff as they serve with compassion in Jesus’ Name.