“I was under a lot of stress and experienced insomnia mixed with nightmare all night,” says Sister Darlène Mwasi, a registered nurse at the Mangina referral health centre, which is more than 30 kilometres southwest of the town of Beni in North Kivu.
As soon as the official confirmation on 1 August 2018, that the deadly Ebola virus had indeed arrived in Mangina, “I had tears in my eyes; it was a shock I had never experienced before,” added the nurse.
Recorded as the tenth outbreak of the Ebola virus, Zaire strain, affecting the Democratic Republic of Congo in less than a week after the declaration of the end of the one that had affected the Equateur Province since May 2018, this highly deadly disease has appeared in a volatile and unpredictable zone due to the presence of armed groups.
The analysis of the first six samples, four of which tested positive at the INRB (Institut national de recherche biomédicale) national laboratory brought fear to everyone : the east of the DRC was in turn affected. Read more