Ebola response in Mangina
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO 2018 © Carl Theunis/MSF
Rollin, MSF lab technician, looks through the glove box, at a nurse who’s showing a blood sample in the High risk compartment of the laboratory. It’s the first time in DRC that a research laboratory is integrated in the Ebola Treament Centre. This has several advantages: there is less biomedical hazard because the blood samples from the patients don’t have to be transported outside of the high risk zone and it’s much faster to get the results from the tests. The laboratory is divided in two zones: a high risk zone and a low risk zone. In the high risk zone, the blood samples are decontaminated, the virus made inactive and put into containers that can be transferred through a hatch to the low risk zone where they are analysed.