Three hundred attacks, resulting in six deaths and 70 injuries, have been reported in eleven months against agents of the Ebola response in three provinces of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, announced Monday the health authorities.
« Since January 1, 2019, more than three hundred attacks on health workers have been documented, resulting in six deaths and 70 injuries among health care workers and patients in the DRC, » reads in the daily’s bulletin. Ministry of Health.
« Each attack delays » the activities of the fight because it prevents the teams to have access to the population and to make the planned interventions, deplored the health authorities.
In the night from Saturday to Sunday, a local radio host, involved in the fight against the epidemic, was murdered in Ituri.
On 19 April, a Cameroonian epidemiologist working for WHO was killed in an attack by armed men against Butembo University Hospital in the neighboring province of North Kivu (east).
« In any case, the response team will continue to fight this disease with the involvement of communities and the affected population, including the support of all partners involved, » the authorities reassured.
The current Ebola epidemic in eastern Congo affects the remote and conflict-ridden areas of North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provinces. So far 2,185 deaths have been recorded out of 3,274 cases, according to the Congolese authorities.
The current Ebola outbreak is the tenth highest on Congolese soil since 1976 and the second worst in history after the one that killed some 11,000 people in West Africa in 2014.