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News from DR Congo: Local Perspectives

Journalists for Human Rights presents Live from DRCongo: Local Perspectives From The Conflict Zone, a live feed featuring the work of Congolese journalists on the ground in the war-torn East. The current political and humanitarian crisis in the Eastern DR Congo has radically restricted media in the region, particularly in the major city of Goma. This feed will feature exclusive reporting from local journalists in Goma and Bukavu, focusing on human rights and governance issues.

  • North Kivu : Because of war, several hundred children won’t get the polio shot

    A campaign to inoculate children against polio recently launched in Goma, targeting children in North Kivu between the age of 0 and 5.

    Initially, the campaign was to be launched last September. “It was delayed due to the growing conflict between the M23 and the Congolese army,” said the Provincial Minister of Health, Muhindo Mutete Mundenga.

    Also due to ongoing insecurity, he added, children from Mpinga in the Walikale territory will not receive the shot.

    While the Minister did not provide any data on the number of children who will be left out , a source from the Provincial Inspectorate of Health in Goma mentioned that they will be several hundred.

    According to a statement by the Provincial Inspectorate of Health, polio can cause permanent disability to children who do not get the shot.

    -JHR Goma

    Nord Kivu : A cause de la guerre, plusieurs centaines d’enfants ne vont pas recevoir le vaccin contre la polio.

    Une campagne de vaccination des enfants de 0 à 5 ans contre la poliomyélite a été lancée récemment à Goma. Elle concerne tous les enfants de la province du Nord Kivu. Cette campagne devait être lancée depuis le mois de septembre. « Mais nous avons été retardé par la guerre qui a opposé l’armée congolaise aux rebelles du 23 mars, M23 » affirme le ministre provincial de la santé, Muhindo Mutete Mundenga.

    Toujours à cause de l’insécurité, précise-t-il, les enfants de la cité de Mpinga en territoire de Walikale ne vont pas recevoir ce vaccin.

    Si les statistiques d’enfants qui seront privés de ce vaccin n’ont pas été révélées par le ministre, une source de l’inspection provinciale de la Santé à Goma parle de plusieurs centaines.

    Selon un communiqué de l’inspection provincial de la santé, faute de vaccin, la poliomyélite risque de rendre des enfants infirme toute leur vie.

    -JDH Goma
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