Published: Tue, April 23, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

Dr. Tedros ended by showing their determination to continue their support to the DRC Ministry of Health to put an end to this risky epidemy as soon as possible.

Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga said in a tweet that local and global health workers are courageously combating what has become the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, "sometimes at the cost of their lives".

In a statement today, the World Health Organization said two other people were injured in the attack, but are believed to be in stable condition.

Tsiko says military and police guarding the centre killed one militia member and detained five others.

He's committed the Congo to joining the worldwide coalition against the group.

The attacks are the latest in a string of assaults on teams grappling with a near nine-month-old Ebola outbreak that has claimed nearly 850 lives.

Tsiko cited witnesses as saying the Friday attackers wrongly blamed foreigners for bringing the deadly virus to the region.

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Since the outbreak was declared in August, there have been more than 1,300 confirmed and probable cases, including 843 deaths, the health ministry said Thursday. A doctor, an epidemiologist, was shot and taken to the emergency room.

Friday's attack was at least the fourth on an IMA World Health-supported facility involved in Ebola response efforts, the statement said. The clinic remains closed.

Doctors fighting Ebola outbreak.

Militiamen in the DRC's North Kivu province attacked another hospital in their most recent assault on organizations fighting Ebola.

Some residents did not even believe Ebola was a real disease, while others try to avoid treatment if they fall ill. "These structures are associated with a life-threatening illness, isolation and the use of protective equipment which makes the staff unrecognizable and intimidating".

The epidemic is the second deadliest on record, after the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-16, which killed more than 11,000 people. Health workers are working around the clock to save lives. The president hoped to see the outbreak contained in less than three months, although some health experts estimate it could take much longer if community resistance continues.

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