Pastor who reached out to the sick, becomes the first person to die of Ebola in the largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The first Ebola patient in Goma, the largest city in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been confirmed dead, days after he became infected with the deadly virus.
The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo said the pastor became infected after visiting Butembo, one of the epicenters of the epidemic, before taking a bus to Goma.
The pastor had preached in seven churches during his visit to Butembo, a town 300 km north of Goma, and reportedly put his hands on the faithful, including people who were sick.
Speaking at an Ebola response meeting on Tuesday, the governor of North Kivu province, Carly Nzanzu, said the first Ebola patient in the city died while being transferred from Goma to a clinic in Butembo on Monday for treatment. .
“Unfortunately, I can confirm that the patient died,” Nzanzu said. “He died during the road transfer.”
Health officials have already identified 60 people who had been in contact with the pastor after he became ill, half of them had already been vaccinated.