Ebola cases in the Congo rises to more than 900 breaking record

Henrietta Brewer
March 9, 2019

MSF recently pulled its staff from Kawta and Butembo following violent attacks on its Ebola treatment centers (ETCs), but it has maintained its operations in other parts of North Kivu province and in neighboring Ituri province.

Ebola responders were increasingly seen as the enemy, with more than 30 attacks and incidents against the Ebola response in the past month alone, she said.

"We have seen outbreaks end in areas where the communities have become engaged, from health workers to religious leaders to youth groups", Jasarevic said.

Congo's Ebola epidemic has killed almost 600 people, making it the second deadliest in the world.

She said that heavy handed tactics - which include the police and army forcing people to attend treatment centres, be vaccinated or comply with strict infection control procedures regarding burials - was not only unethical but also counter-productive as it discourages people from coming forward. "Communities are not the enemy".

The current strategy to fight the Ebola outbreak in the Congo has failed is Convinced that the aid organisation Doctors without borders (MSF).

A spokeswoman for the DRC's health ministry said there was a "misunderstanding" about the role of security forces in dealing with the outbreak, however, and rejected the MSF's claims as a "gross exaggeration of the situation".

The Interior Ministry has been asked to guarantee security, as it is unacceptable for health officials to be threatened and attacked, or for the threat of violence to stop families from burying their loved ones in a dignified and safe manner, she said.

MSF was insisting on security before it returned to its damaged facilities, she said.

"Contrary to worldwide agents, local health workers don't have the privilege of being evacuated when security conditions worsen".

According to a new report, there are more than 900 cases of Ebola in the Congo, causing lots of uncertainty in the region as health officials sluggishly meet people's needs despite newer treatment options that should be available across the nation, according to AXIOS.

Forty percent of deaths were outside medical centers, meaning patients had not sought care, and 35 percent of new patients were not linked to existing cases, meaning the spread of the disease was not being tracked. Unfortunately, as the first epidemic to hit the Congo, health aides are experiencing the violence overtaking the area that remains in conflict and makes response efforts even more complicated.

Liu said Ebola is a brutal disease that breeds fear and isolation to patients, families, and health providers.

Medicines Sans Frontiers blamed deepening community district for the failure of medical workers to contain the outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic disease that already killed 570 people these past seven months.

Health workers treating patients in the current epidemic have had far more tools at their disposal than they did back in 2014-2016 when more than 11,000 people died of Ebola in West Africa.

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