we are far from the end of the Ebola epidemic in the DRC


The general director of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesushe said after a visit to the northeast area of ​​the Democratic Republic of Congo (CKD) affected by the last Ebola epidemic, which "the end of the disease is still far"

The efforts made by volunteers and medical personnel in the field are "really commendablehe assured Tedros at a press conference, in which he added: "While this is encouraging, we are far from the end of the disease in this area of ​​the DRC"

Tedros made the agency's emergency director Peter Salama and UN Deputy Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Missions Jean-Pierre Lacroix pay a multi-day visit to the affected areas to see the extent of the epidemic. and the work of the various UN agencies.

It is the first time that an epidemic of Ebola is declared in a conflict zone, where a hundred rebel groups are active, so since the beginning of the epidemic on August 1, the peace UN in the country MONUSCO, also contributes to the response to the disease.

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In its latest newsletter on Ebola, the Ministry of Health The Congolese delegation reported that three civil protection officers and one epidemiologist who oversaw the safe burial of a Ebola victim were kidnapped in the town of Matembo by a group of rebels Mai-Mai.

The Minister of Health, Oly Ilunga, he said later at the press conference with representatives of the WHO that these hostages had already been released.

On October 30 last, UN Security Council It approved a resolution expressing its concern with the outbreak and calling for the cessation of fighting in the area to facilitate the fight against the disease.

The Council warned that the security situation in the affected areas is "facilitating the spread of the virus in the DRC and in the region"

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