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Ebola in DRC: Decontamination of health centres near Beni
It started with a few cases in a remote small town of North Kivu and six months later, it has become the biggest Ebola epidemic in DR Congo’s history – the second-biggest on record, after West Africa.
Decontamination is one of the pillars of infection prevention and control, which includes supporting health centres in the region to stay free from the virus. MSF teams, for example, decontaminate a health centre when they are informed that an Ebola-positive patient has transited there. This will both allow the health centres to continue to function, thereby providing much-needed access to care for any other type of health issues, and prevent the health centres from contributing to the spreading of the disease. The decontamination activity is critically dependent on good, open communication with the community: without clear information, the activity of our decontamination teams may be misunderstood or poorly received by the population.
Watch the video interview of the MSF water and sanitation specialist Thomas Compigne where he explains the importance of decontamination in the Ebola treatment centre.