Vaccinations against Ebola have begun in Goma, eastern DRC, after the first case of the virus was identified in the major city.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was hit with its second-worst Ebola outbreak last year, but this is the first time Goma – with a population of about one million – has had a confirmed case.
“Vaccination against Ebola just started to protect people who have come to be in contact with the positive case,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
According to Dr Harouna Djingarey, infectious disease programme manager for the WHO’s regional office in the eastern DRC, the vaccination campaign, which began Monday, is a crucial task to contain the spread in Goma.
“It’s the door of this region to the rest of the