Twenty-three new cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever have been registered in four days in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, near areas where the fight against the epidemic is “paralyzed” by insecurity, authorities said on Thursday. health.
This is a sharp increase in new cases, which had fallen to « 10 per week, » Congolese anti-Ebola team chief Jean-Jacques Muyembe told AFP on November 22.
The outbreak was reported between Sunday and Wednesday in the neighboring provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.
Ebola was in withdrawal. These attacks will boost the epidemic, and as a result more people will die.
Ten new cases were recorded on Tuesday alone in North Kivu, Mabalako. Six others were notified Monday, including « three traditional healers » (traditional doctors), according to the Multisectoral Committee for Response to the Epidemic (CMRE).
On Wednesday, three cases were notified in North Kivu, including one in a Biena locality which had not received any notification for « 85 days ».
The activity of the anti-Ebola response is « paralyzed » in three health zones (Beni, Biakato, Mangina) for « security reasons », adds the CMRE.
On November 28, a vaccination officer and two drivers were killed in an attack on an Ebola team facility in Biakato, Ituri. A police officer was killed in a simultaneous attack in Mangina (North Kivu).
The World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have withdrawn their non-Congolese teams from Biakato.
“Ebola was behind. These attacks will revitalize the epidemic, and as a result more people will die, « said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus after the double attack by Biakato-Mangina.
On Thursday morning in Kinshasa, eight faiths pledged to « raise awareness of armed groups and young people who regularly attack facilities and agents responding to the Ebola virus disease, using existing channels. »
This was explained to the press, Boniface Daegbo, head of the Catholic charity Caritas-Congo.
A total of 2,210 people have died from the Ebola epidemic since the declaration of the epidemic on August 1, 2018.