As Ebola outbreak marks 6 months, health centres a concern

Henrietta Brewer
February 1, 2019

Kinshasa, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second largest outbreak of the virus in history, after the epidemic that affected West Africa from 2014 to 2016.

Florence Marchal, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in Congo, also known as MONUSCO, confirmed the claims with The New York Times, adding that a fact-finding team sent to the region had unearthed the burial sites. On the other, Marchal believes that the violence may have escalated from a dispute regarding the burial of a local chieftain.

In eastern DRC, the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus disease which began six months ago, has now officially become the second largest ever, the United Nations reported on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health (MoH), WHO and partners continue to respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), despite persistent challenges around security and community mistrust impacting response measures.

"The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported in recent weeks an increase in Ebola cases in North Kivu province, DRC, most of which are from the Ktawa health zone, where Intervention teams are facing distrust of the community", he said.

In eastern and northern parts of the DR Congo, 682 confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded and 54 probable cases, the health ministry said on Monday. Voters in Yumbi were unable to cast their votes, as the Electoral Commission building was among those totally destroyed. The mission said it was ready to support the Congolese authorities to "bring justice to the victims, and promote reconciliation between the two communities".

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The UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said hundreds of villagers from four communities in Yumbi had been killed during inter-ethnic clashes between the Banunu and Batende communities in several days - beginning on December 16.

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