Measles, Ebola and Cholera on increase in D R Congo, over 100 deaths recorded since January 2019.
More than hundred children in Democratic Republic of Congo have died of measles since the start of the year, an outbreak that has added to deadly epidemics of Cholera and Ebola.
The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or MONUSCO peacekeeping mission said Health officials in the southeast provinces of Lualaba and Lomami recorded 7,175 cases of measles in January, with over 100 deaths. It says that more than 80 percent of the fatalities are children under the age of five.
Experts have blamed lack of vaccination, poor medical facilities and malnutrition among the young.
MONUSCO adds that 1,936 cases of cholera had been recorded since the start of the year in Katanga, Lomami and Tanganyika and that Lack of clean drinking water, sanitation and medical care are hampering the fight against the disease.