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8,000 vaccinated against Ebola in western Rwanda

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Rwanda

About 8,000 Rwandans have so far been vaccinated against Ebola in the western districts of Rubavu and Rusizi bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an official said Saturday.

"At least 5,000 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in Ru-bavu District at two different sites," William Kanyankole, director of the Gisenyi Hospital in Rubavu District, said while briefing reporters about the district's vaccination campaign.

Three more vaccination sites are set to open, he said, adding that about 3,000 have been vaccinated in Rusizi District.

The Rwandan Government laun-ched a voluntary Ebola vaccination campaign last December to prevent the spread of the virus from the DRC.

The target is to administer 200,000 Ebola vaccine regimens to people who frequently cross the border and to those living in districts bordering DRC, the ministry said.

The vaccine is administered to citizens two years old and above.

According to Rwandan Ministry of Health, 17 million U.S. dollars have been spent on a major national Ebola preparedness and response plan in the last 18 months.

There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Rwanda so far, according to the ministry.                 

Xinhua

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