Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Four Ebola responders killed by rebels in eastern DRC, WHO alarmed

Four Ebola responders killed by rebels in eastern DRC, WHO alarmed

In a phone call with journalists Thursday, he said there have been 386 attacks against health care workers, resulting in seven deaths and 77 injuries, with this most recent attack being "by far the deadliest".

The World Health Organization said the dead included a member of a vaccination team, two drivers and a police officer.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, said the world had lost "brave professionals".

'We are heartbroken that people have died in the line of duty as they worked to save others, ' Tedros said.

On Tuesday, personnel were temporarily relocated from Beni, WHO said in its latest situation report, "though most remain in place to continue responding".

Ebola response work was put on lockdown there, dismaying health experts who say every attack hurts crucial efforts to contain the deadly virus.

Efforts to rein in the spread of both Ebola and measles are meanwhile being hampered by violence and unrest across the country, and especially in the east.

In July, the WHO said the situation there was a "public health emergency of global concern".

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A local official of Beni region said that several family members of the victims feared returning to the village for fear of being attacked.

The attacks occurred as the global health organization has been battling to contain the second-worst outbreak of Ebola on record that has seen some 2,200 deaths among 3,309 cases of the disease since August 2018.

"The last strongholds of the virus were in these areas", WHO's Ryan said. The Allied Democratic Forces armed group alone is blamed for the murders of more than 1,500 people in and around Beni in the past four years.

Locals and Doctors from different nations work in the camp to treat the Ebola patients while some young literates surround attacking them, feels Fiston Kamango, a youth leader in Biakato mines.

Ebola responders have previously been targeted by militias and people who do not believe the fatal virus is real and also have deep suspicion about how the vaccine is administered.

The number of cases had been dropping in the yearlong outbreak which has killed more than 2,100 people.

After the loss of 19 people and townhall destruction in the Beni attack, President Felix Tshisekedi called Congolese and U.N forces for joint operations to defend the locals.

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