Vanga, Kwilu

Vanga (vɑːɳɢ/ə/) is a town in Kwilu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, approximately 340 kilometres (210 mi) east of the capital city Kinshasa. Vanga is in Bulungu Territory. Vanga is known for its large medical center that supports the greater Bandundu region.

Vanga
Vanga is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Vanga
Vanga
Location in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: Coordinates: 4°24′53″S 18°25′51″E / 4.4147041°S 18.4309387°E / -4.4147041; 18.4309387
Country DR Congo
ProvinceKwilu
TerritoryBulungu, Kwilu
Time zoneUTC+1 (West Africa Time)
Official languageFrench
National languageKikongo, Lingala

TransportEdit

The two main modes of transportation in and out of Vanga are the Kwilu River and flights through the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilots.[1] Vanga Airport is used for transportation of medical supplies and visitors. The runway is suitable for a 4-8 seater Cessna. The river is a dominant resource for transporting goods as it is less than a mile away from the town.

LanguageEdit

Residents speak the following languages: Lingala,[2] Kituba, KiKongo,[3] French, and English.

Vanga HospitalEdit

Vanga's medical center of Bandundu (DRC) is run by an evangelical community. This is the largest hospital in the region. It welcomes 13,000 patients a year, has more than 400 beds, and employs 13 doctors and hundreds of nurses. The location has existed since 1908.[4] The hospital has a medical residency program which continues to grow in size.[5][6]

IndustriesEdit

Agriculture, medical support, and local market businesses are the dominant sources of local income. The primary exported good is coffee and maize, and land is owned and cultivated by locals. The medical center is a common source of employment for those with a basic education.[5] The local market sells everything from raw materials for cooking, to hot meals and phone minutes. Stations at the market can be rented for a short time or regularly.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Democratic Republic of the Congo - Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)". www.maf.org. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  2. ^ Project, UCLA Language Materials (1600-12-31). "Profile of". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  3. ^ "Kikongo/Kituba English". www.kupsala.net. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  4. ^ "Hôpital de Vanga". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  5. ^ a b "American Baptist International Ministries". www.internationalministries.org. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  6. ^ Fina Lubaki, Jean-Pierre (25 August 2009). "Reasons for non-compliance among patients with hypertension at Vanga Hospital, Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo: A qualitative study". African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine. doi:10.4102/phcfm.v1i1.68. PMC 4565929. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  7. ^ Riddell, James (1987). The national land law of Zaire and indigenous land tenure in central Bandundu, Zaire. Madison, Wis.: Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.