Angola exclave in Ebola denial

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Aldina da Lomba Catembo, governor of the northern Cabinda province of Angola, has denied that three cases of Ebola have been identified in the province.

 

A 25-mile wide strip of DR Congo separates Cabinda province from the rest of Angola
A 25-mile wide strip of DR Congo separates Cabinda province from the rest of Angola

Speaking to the press, da Lomba considered the reports on social networks groundless, adding that local health authorities continue to work on prevention of disease.

“I want to deny reports posted in social networks that three cases of Ebola have been reported in Cabinda”, she said.

“We have no case in the region. It is in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in the province of Ecuador, where there is an Ebola outbreak. The locality is far from Angola’s northern Cabinda province,” the official stressed.

As for the emergency programme recently adopted by the Health Ministry aimed at preventing an Ebola outbreak, the governor said that the measures also cover the province of Cabinda. According to her, the implementation of biosecurity measures includes those at borders and anyone who has direct contact with people entering and leaving the country.